The Crying Cherry (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

David O’Doherty

Oddball legends of Japanese psychological banditry

Using an almost entirely made-up language, whip-crack precise movement and mind-boggling vocal sound effects, this oddball delight, riffing on Japanese samurai movies, tells the story of two brothers separated in childhood after a prophecy. The real joy isn’t in the story, but in the hilarious facial expressions, sweat, contortions and glee that the two performers endure telling it. And it includes one of the best-mimed swordfights this side of Monty Python.

C Chambers Street, 0845 260 1234, until 21 Aug, 11.30pm, £7.50--£9.50 (£6.50--£8.50).

The Crying Cherry

  • 4 stars

Legends about Japanese psychological banditry performed by Dioraphte Amsterdam award winners Ian Bok and Maarten Heijmans. Satire, slapstick, martial arts, music and mime you would never imagine. Prague Fringe 2009 Sell-out. 'Truly innovative... utterly moving' ( Ages: PG