Dance review: R.I.O.T.
Dance review: R.I.O.T.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: R.I.O.T., reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ Although it’s fair to say that comic fans, and lovers of superheroes in particular, will get more out of this show than others, there’s still enough here for layfolk to understand and enjoy. Four performers, and therefore four egos, attempt to act …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe dance review: R.I.O.T., reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter

★★★

Although it’s fair to say that comic fans, and lovers of superheroes in particular, will get more out of this show than others, there’s still enough here for layfolk to understand and enjoy.
Four performers, and therefore four egos, attempt to act out a tale of conflict, tragedy, duplicity and revenge – but personalities keep getting in the way. Filling the audience in on a character’s backstory (or “origin”) is important to some, but not others.

The heels on one performer’s boots are too high to run, so she chucks them in for something more practical (but no less raunchy). Another wants his character to “self-heal” and come back to life, but is met with fierce disagreement.

All of these backstage grumbles are acted out very much up-front, leading to some of the best laughs R.I.O.T. has to offer. “Do you have any idea what’s going on?” one character asks an audience member, “because I don’t”. Fair enough, it’s a confusing story, but that’s half the fun.

Tongue in cheek it may be, but PanicLab’s highly physical (if a little overly chaotic) show comes from a place of love and respect for, and knowledge of, the comic book genre.

Zoo (venue 124), until 31 August, 8:30pm

Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015

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