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What if we could see all the possible lives we could live? Beesquit is a hilarious and visual play in which movement and music are inspired by breaking the boundaries posed by living in one single body.
Two men – a posh opera singer and a popular songwriter – share the same body, that of a bureaucrat. They show mutual respect, but, beneath the surface, a war is taking place. Eventually, they manage to escape, with their lives.
The three characters come out of each other, like three Russian Matryoshkas. The last one, according to the tradition, is the inner spirit of all the others. He is a dancer, or better, a synchronised swimmer with a very warm heart, who moves only with movements that are out of synch.
Beesquit is a play on the human comedy and delves into physical routines and freeing games that are the only escape from some of our own constraints. At the same time, it reminds that the lives we haven’t yet lived are so many.
Brighton Fringe: Beesquit
The blurb for Beesquit promises so many highfalutin artistic concepts, it’s surely likely to scare off more potential punters than it woos. And if that isn’t offputting enough, the fact he uses an accordion might just swing it.
The truth, though, is that this is a often-funny physical and visual show that can be enjoyed simply as some off-the-wall nonsense.
Our clown initially appears is a man of improbable girth – and even more improbable moustache – rather like the corpulent over-eater in Monty Python’s Meaning Of Life. Instant reaction to this chubby caricature is likely to define the rest of the show, and luckily for Beesquit, he had a gang of gigglers in the front row, giving him something to react to. Later, he capitalises on latecomers, offering a fast-forward recap of what they missed in another winning moment of semi-spontaneity.
Once the fat suit is shed, he gets into various gracefully awkward scrapes with props as simple as a half-inflated child’s rubber-ring, as he attempts some dry-land synchronised swimming. When he speaks, it’s as a benign but bewildered foreigner, a naïve Manuel trying to get his tongue around the English names he’s introduced to.
The audience interaction is brief, though – a major point of difference from the increasingly popular Dr Brown, to whom his antics are stylistically similar. Beesquit – which we can only assume is a phonetic French pronounciaton of ‘biscuit’ – is more vulnerable and affectionate, too.
His results are hit-and-miss. Sometimes the repetition never makes the leap from the annoying into the funny, but equally as often some silly image will make you chuckle. It’s a definite oddity, but a generally enjoyable one, even if you don’t get the promised reminder ‘that the lives we haven’t yet lived are so many’.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 16th May, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
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