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Exercise bikes provided for all participants. Join a spinning class set in the surreal world of your instructor, Clement (recently certified/newly divorced). Upon his wife leaving him for the boules champion of Perpignan, Clement decided to devote his life to becoming the world's greatest spin instructor (he can't ride a proper bike). Bannatyneís Health Club Edinburgh has given him a trial period, might you be one of his first disciples? Expect inspirational stories, adrenaline-pumping slogans, and outrageous song choices. Or none of the above. No fitness level required. Clement is not in his prime. Bring loose clothing.
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Those who think comedyís getting too predictable as it spreads across all corners of the telly isnít looking hard enough. In the past two nights, Iíve been served concepts instead of food in Simon Munneryís avant-garde restaurant of the soul, indulged in a food fight (with real food) thanks to New Art Club, and now visited a comedy show set in a Spin-bike exercise class.
Different doesnít equate to brilliant, though, and this is a concept in need of a lot more comic thought. The basic premise is that instructor Clement Ė a character 95 per cent defined by his irritating French accent Ė is trying to teach us experimental new techniques. But it soon emerges he is using his static bike as an emotional replacement for his ex-wife; who had the audacity to run off with a non-stationary cyclist.
Thereís a frisson of excitement in most site-specific pieces, and this is no exception. As you descend to the basement of a barely-marked former warehouse on the edge of the City Of London, thereís something in the air that isnít just the sweat of the genuine class that comes out just before us.
So we take our places beside our bikes, and spend a few moments adjusting the saddle and familiarising ourselves with the equipment. Youíve heard of shows that are ball-achingly funny; position yourself wrongly here, and itís just ball-aching.
Riding a spin bike is like making love to a beautiful woman, we are told, in not quite so many words: sometimes there is a lot of resistance, sometime things run smoothly. Thatís pretty much the peak of the writing; and although there are some enjoyable bits of over-the-top physical business, Donal Coonanís creation is too thinly-drawn, so the shenanigans feel rather empty.
Largely the show struggles to justify us being in the saddle for the full hour. At one point we have to pretend to be bulls; heads down by the handlebars, ready to charge. Later we stand and pretend weíre riding an elephant through India. Then letís dance in out seats, like weíre at a Paris discotheque.
Yes, itís kindergarten time, playing follow the teacher, each exercise taking a minute or two where the script doesnít need to do anything. This isnít recreating a child-like state, though, itís just being juvenile. The mood is rather crassly imposed, too Ė forced jollity rather than being teased out from within the audience.
All the while Clement barks out instructions to us, getting carried away with some of the scenarios as they remind him of his ex-wife, all done with larger-than-life melodramatics rather than subtlety subtlety. Nor is there much charm, at least until we near the end when, chastised by gym owner Dan, played by Moj Taylor, he sheepishly realises heís got carried away.
Actually, we must take care not to call this a Spin session. The company that owns that particular trademark, Americaís Mad Dogg Athletics, fired a legal broadside against the producers of this show, which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. And you can understand why; I wouldnít want my brand tarnished by this, either.
If your baseline is your weekly spin class, you may find the over-the-top shenanigans and unusual use of a familiar space nicely subversive. But judged against other comedy shows, it feels as fragile as Lance Armstrongís credibility.
|Date of live review: Friday 12th Oct, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
Went to see this show last night and really enjoyed it. I am not sure I entirely agree with the negativity of some of the review above. Clement is a very funny character and interlinked brilliantly with Dan the gym owner and his audience (yes you will be participating in this show and getting to know your fellow audience members!). The humour may not be to all tastes (particularly it seems cynical comdedy reviewers), but the show is genuinely funny with some real stand out moments as you go through Clements 7 Shpinning modules. I would recommend this show if you want some escapism in a very different venue with some original comedy moments.