Review | Laura Money
Whatever your plans are tonight, cancel them and get yourself down to see Boris & Sergey! This is the hottest puppet show in town, it’s a wild ride from vaudeville, to interpretive dance, to action and adventure, and avant garde surrealism. It’s all those things and more!
Flabbergast Theatre have been delighting audiences all around the globe with their debauched and deranged little leather puppets the titular Boris & Sergey. It’s a completely unique brand of comedy – drawing on the traditions of the Music Hall duo, these ‘brothers’ are so in sync with each other, they hilariously bounce off each other and constantly crack each other up.
The puppetry techniques are pure beauty – if one steps back from the comedy and the trappings of a show, what you get is complex co-ordination simply rendered. Three puppeteers operate each puppet and all are masters at their craft. The sheer joy and expressionism in each movement – from climbing up onto the table, to jauntily tap dancing – is a delight to watch.
Of course, Boris & Sergey are not satisfied with a sedate show. They turn up the heat, ramp up the energy and run hell-for-leather in a flat out hour of dirty jokes, dark humour and of course, popular culture homages. Boris’ cheeky parody of Kate Bush will have you in stitches, Sergey’s avant garde expressionism is a clever parody of an art form the company are rather passionate about, and the team throw absolutely no punches when showing the downfall of the beloved puppet stripped bare.
You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching these wonderfully talented puppeteers navigate the unrealistic, yet high octane world of car, motorcycle and plane chases, you’ll beg for more as the two face off in the darkest and funniest fight scene ever – think Mr Squiggle meets Tarantino! And, of course, there is the dark and sinister finale that brings it all crashing down around you. From the crazed mind of the man who made Warhorse naughty, Henry Maynard, comes the adventure of a lifetime complete with feuding brothers, debauchery, and hilarity.
WHEN: 15 – 25 February 2018 | 7:45pm
WHERE: The Shambles | Fringe Central | Northbridge
INFO: Tickets $25 – $27 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable 15+ | CABARET