Tom Walker: Very Very
- Deborah Chu
- 9 August 2019
Unreal props but solid mime laughs
Dubbed 'the unloved child of theatre and dance', Tom Walker acknowledges that mime gets a bad rap. But that's not going to stop him from dedicating his latest Fringe hour to this most reviled of artforms. However, Very Very is nothing like the mime show you think you know: there are no glass boxes involved, but there is an extremely graphic sex scene between Walker and a coat. It's effectively the natural next step in mime art's evolution, and he spins it off into some very absurd, very dark and very, very funny places.
The sketches are all well-paced, and Walker's physical dedication to each bit is truly a sight to behold: by the end of the show his t-shirt is entirely soaked through. Despite Very Very's already tricky premise, he also takes the risk of pulling audience members up on stage with him, and manages each rogue element with aplomb. There's talking involved too, thankfully, and Walker is an incredibly amiable presence, laughing bashfully after each sketch as if he, too, cannot believe he just mimed an extendable penis in front of a room of strangers.
It's safe to say that Tom Walker has broken through the glass box and expanded the art of mime to some new and extremely funny places.
Assembly Roxy, until 25 Aug (not 14), 9.30pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).