Theatre review: The Outsider
Theatre review: The Outsider

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Outsider, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield ★★★ If AN alien landed on planet Earth, how would he see us and our world? The question is hardly new, but it does get rejuvenated in this inventive show by Finnish clown-magician Janne Raudaskoski. With his shabby hat and permanently puzzled …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Outsider, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Mansfield

★★★

If AN alien landed on planet Earth, how would he see us and our world? The question is hardly new, but it does get rejuvenated in this inventive show by Finnish clown-magician Janne Raudaskoski. With his shabby hat and permanently puzzled expression, he looks askance at the human race who work in meaningless jobs, fight one another, get drunk, fall in love.

The central device of the show is a pair of person-sized screens on which Raudaskoski duplicates himself with considerable how-on-earth-did-he-do-that ingenuity, as well as plays sections of film in which he plays all the characters, from the rock star to the vampish dinner date. Bubbles are blown, streamers fall from the ceiling and a remote-controlled plane turns somersaults overhead.

Yet, one is haunted by the sense that, with such resources at hand, more could be done. The issues and tropes he picks out are predictable ones, the show is built around repeating a clever idea and the atmosphere is greatly helped by well chosen music. That said, in amongst the bubbles and streamers and lights, there are a few moments of genuine magic.

New Town Theatre , until 30 August, 5:30pm

Published in The Scotsman on 24 August 2015

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