Be-Dom (4 stars)

This article is from 2010


Joyous fun with Portuguese drums

As the huge white screen they’ve been playing behind in silhouette collapses to reveal what appears to be a junkyard full of cavorting, hunky (and fairly well-scrubbed) crusties, the tone is set for an hour of shambolic play.

Switching fairly regularly between broad physical clowning and bursts of foot-pounding, room-shaking rhythm, the Be-Dom boys make music out of anything available to them: plastic oil drums, paint tins, whistles, jars, and, thanks to some clever hidden microphones, their own fingers, thighs and faces.

There’s no real order to proceedings: you’re just basically hanging out with a group of freakishly talented (and did we mention terribly attractive?) friends, jamming. The rhythms they create out of nowhere are infectious, and they’re clearly having a great time, too. While their comic timing isn’t always as good as their rhythm – a skit set in a café is nothing more than an excuse for false moustaches and an impromptu drum kit created out of saucepans – and there are a few too many time-sapping costume changes, this is still an utterly joyous way to pass time.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 08445 458 252, until 30 Aug, 2pm, £12–£14 (£10.50–£12.50)


  • 4 stars

Portugal’s percussion-mad sextuplet make their Fringe debut with a dynamic show that combines the best elements of music, comedy and theatre. Using alternative instruments (including barrels, trash, bottles and the audience), 'Be-Dom' has created a performance guaranteed to thrill, uplift and make you shake your booty. An…