Raiders of the Grey Gold
- Donald Hutera
- 7 August 2019
Surreal physical comedy from middle-aged Danish males
Part of a small tranche of Fringe shows from Denmark, this work by the company Don Gnu is a pleasurably surreal but also sometimes too self-indulgent physical comedy about ageing.
The three middle-aged men in it (including company founders Jannik Elkaer and Kristoffer Louis Andrup Pedersen) are muscular, slightly paunchy and eminently watchable. These guys have character – they're also very adept at slapstick acrobatics, including an early scene in which two of them conduct a passive-aggressive war over an old television set (Zimmer frames come in mighty handy here).
The show slides into increasingly off-the-wall territory, complete with slow-motion fistfights, exhibitionist dancing, lampshades on heads and a pretty good go-cart gag that takes advantage of back projection. A female vocalist and a male accordionist also make agreeable if, in truth, somewhat extraneous contributions to the proceedings.
It all adds up to likeable, good-humoured entertainment even if individual sequences become protracted, while too often the logic behind the laughs induced from us just flies out the window.
The closing moments are, we suspect, meant to be touching but there's simply not enough build-up for us to make much of an investment in the suggested onstage relationships.
ZOO Southside, until 10 Aug, 7pm, £13 (£2).