Crazy Glue
Edinburgh Festivals

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Crazy Glue at Assembly Roxy (Venue 139). Reviewed by Sally Stott

It’s not often that you see, or more accurately hear, a really good use of sound in a play, least of all a clown show. Based upon a short story by the Israeli writer Etgar Keret, this enchanting little piece follows a couple’s relationship – from falling in love to falling apart and then falling back together again (quite literally) – against a backdrop of 1930s and 40s swing, jazz and blues.

Not that it’s the music, enjoyable as it is, that’s the star; it’s the sound effects that performers/ devisers Filipa Tomas and Bradley Wayne Smith make creating an entire backdrop of domestic life in the mid-20th century. Whether they’re brushing their teeth together, swimming with dolphins on holiday or dealing with more tragic circumstances, all of it is conjured up through the noises they make, as well as some innovative uses of mime.

As time goes on things become more surreal: in one particularly lovely sequence the characters’ hearts float from their chests and flutter into a Glenn Miller dance routine. Some of the sequences are easier to grasp than others, but when an ever-present pot of glue finally sticks the characters to one another, as everything around them tumbles away, it’s a touching moment in an innovative piece.

Crazy Glue is at Assembly Roxy. More info here.

Originally published in The Scotsman

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