6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won

When sport, movement, poetry and comedy collide

Heap and Pebble are two would-be ice-skating champions, were it not for an inconvenient change in climate which has made ice dancing as they knew it obsolete. And so our innovative champions make the switch to dancing off ice, but retain the outfits, the glitz, the fixed grins – and the ice skates.

The comedic tale sees the pair practising for their first off-ice tournament with little success, failing to notice that their skates are holding them back. Throughout the show we are given glimpses into the duo’s former ice-skating glory, accompanied by some impressive slow-motion performances of their winning routines. The comedy is dry and understated, with the best humour coming from Pebble, the young female lead, whose futile attempts at gliding across the floor do not affect her inviolable smile. Heap is the more vocal of the two, and also the most determined to recreate the success they had in the past — but he is determinedly oblivious to the fact that you simply cannot ice dance without ice.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 31 Aug 2009 (not 17 & 24), 7.10pm, £8.50--£9.50 (£7--£8).

6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won

  • 2 stars

Two ice dancers are performing on a wooden floor. A beautiful new play packed with movement, mime and comedy from 2008's Total Theatre Award nominees ('21:13'). 'Impeccable' (Scotsman).

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