The Aluminum Show
- Jonny Ensall
- 7 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
The secret life of metal
Wonderfully inventive and gripping throughout, The Aluminum Show is a mixture of puppetry, dance, magic and general mucking about with silver stuff that has the audience gleefully cheering the newly discovered potential of lightweight metal tubing.
You thought a flexible aluminium tube as used in air conditioning was just that. Well no, I'm pleased to tell you it's a costume or an air gun or a giant living worm capable of wriggling, dancing flying and otherwise spontaneously taking life and looming over you while you cower, helpless, in your cramped auditorium seat.
The best parts of the show involve making aluminium come alive in various unsettling ways, always to a pumping dance soundtrack. The rest of it comprises a futurescape vision of a world devoted to aluminium, in which models wear head-to-toe tubing at pretentious fashion shows and dancing workers slave away over sparkling conveyer belts to a constant Euro-beat. A staggering level of preparation and an exhaustive process of experimentation must have been needed in order to get this project off the ground. Genuinely original and consummately performed, this is one of the most weirdly innovative shows you could hope to see at the Fringe in any year.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 6pm, £14.50–£15.50 (£13–£14).