The Aluminum Show (4 stars)

The secret life of metal

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This article is from 2008.

The Aluminum Show

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).

This article is from 2008.

Aluminum

  • 4 stars

A conglomeration of movement, physical theatre, puppetry and special effects from the group that have been compared to Blue Man Group and Stomp.

The Aluminum Show

  • 4 stars

Wonderfully inventive and gripping throughout, this 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 and metal tubing. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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1. randall17 Aug 2008, 1:41am Report

Are you daft, or do you have a piece of the proceeds? Or perhaps you saw a different version with dancers naked but for aluminum, as seen in your photo.

We saw this show Aug 15 at Trump Plaza Casino Hotel, Atlantic City: its American debut run. I suspect like so many off-off-off Broadway shows, this will be its debut AND final performance-- or so it should be. I would have been more pleased to have lost the US$45 ticket price in the casino. This show ought to be performed at some children's exhibit-- for free. And "performed" might be considered hyperbole.

Stay at home, unroll a box of aluminum wrap, and play at covering the children and the dog whilst gyrating to the worst 80s techno-pop music you can find. You'll surely be a better act, and the money you saved can be used on something more worthwhile-- like 50 boxes of aluminum wrap.

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