Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Butt Kapinski, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
This is not so much a show, more an experience. And as experiences go, it is great – engaging, entertaining and imaginative.
Butt Kapinski is a Private Eye … Dick … whatever you want to call him. Ingeniously, he is his own walking lighting and sound-effects unit (despite the kind of speech defects that would have defeated many other storytellers), and we are the cast of what would be his Film Noir if only he could pronounce it properly.
The room is set out more like a self-help group than an audience and Butt stalks the darkness, weaving a tale of crime in the mean streets.
He starts with a bravura display of simile before we get down to solving the mystery of all the dead bodies littering the audience and gushing blood. And the horrible sex crimes (nicely interpreted by a couple on the far side of the room) When I say “we”, I do mean “we”. This is not audience participation, this is immersive comedy like you have never experienced. And we love it.
The bloke behind me provides a fabulous musical soundtrack to the hour, perfectly innocent audience members create a whore montage, the elderly lady beside me has quite a hefty character part as a taxi driver, we are junkies, we are sexual perverts, two ladies from the front row become slo-mo wifebeaters and there is real snogging. It is a glorious, hilarious experience.
Even I was passable in the role of Scoops the journalist. Butt Kapinski, offstage, is the director of Red Bastard, but where the Bastard bullies and forces, Butt charms and engages. Everyone in this room wants to be part of the fun, and one by one, we are. Take your dark side for a ride with Butt.
Liquid Rooms Annexe, until 30 August, 2:10pm / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015
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