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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2012
While The Master's Away the cats will play with his fantastic, thinkertinkering story bulbs. Adelaide comedy group Gravity Boots present a surreal hour of weird sketches, live music and absurdly believable characters.
Gravity Boots: Fringe 2012
What a surreal oddity this is, apparently designed for those who thought Sky’s This Is Jinsy was just too mainstream and realistic.
It shouldn’t really work at all, devoid of jokes but full of the sort of drama-school toss that is almost the parody of a bad Fringe show, all dramatic posturing and pretentiously florid language from college kids trying too hard to be weird and baffling.
Yet it’s done with an immense charm and occasional restrained silliness that breaks through the oh-so po-faced performance.
Gravity Boots is essentially a sketch show, but framed in a fantastical storytelling device. Cats –yes, cats – Strop and Duffy are left alone with a magical invention: a living story book machine that, when fed with a lightbulb on which a tale is stored, conjures up actual actors to play out the scene.
The felines are also the house band, providing dream-like music to accompany some of the scenes – all of which are entirely odd, but hit and miss on the humour. Yet at their best, this Adelaide-based group evoke some memorable images.
The pathos-riddled goat and leopard, trapped in a zoo and attempting to befriend an avian new inmate is a surprisingly sweet moment – while in stark contrast the song involving pelican-violation is hilarious for its repetitive brutality.
Yet elsewhere, sketches involving a lighthouse keepers wife or a song about a sandwich can’t overcome the bafflement factor.
Somehow, though, this is a show that’s more than the sum of its eccentric parts. It’s more inventive and endearing than cold descriptions of individual scenes might suggest, and the six-strong troupe certainly know their twisted minds and what they want to achieve.
The result is a bold Fringe debut that almost pays off handsomely… but not quite.
|Date of live review: Sunday 12th Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
An hour of hilarity. Absolutely LOVED the show and will be going again!
I went to a preview of this show at the Gilded Balloon last night. Small audience but the show was outstanding. I thought I would catch some Aussie show while at the festival and just happened to get a flyer on the street from one of the Gravity Boots team. Incredible show, best I have seen for a long time. I will definitely be going back for a second look.
A must see, this show is amazing! So clever!
I have seen these guys and your jaw will ache from laughter.
Gravity Boots is one of the most hilarious shows I have ever seen. These guys are brilliant!
I saw these guys in Adelaide and they are world class and utterly brilliant. An hour of pure gold!