Gamarjobat (4 stars)

  • 7 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

It’s only at the end, when they take a microphone to thank the audience and request that if they liked the show they spread the word, that Japanese duo Hiropon and Ketch use a language that you can understand with your eyes closed. During this, their second instalment of A Shut-Up Comedy From Japan, they deal in mime, magic and physical theatre, often at a wonderfully frenetic pace.

The performance hangs around a fantastic concatenation of plot strands from 60s and 70s American films into a story of larceny and love. A bank robber on the run encounters a blind rose seller, and they fall for each other. She needs money for an operation on her eyes, and he works myriad jobs to raise the cash. Alas, he must evade the police once more, and they part. But can there be a happy ending?

Opening with a series of physical gags straight out of the ‘Dad’s Guide To Making Kids Laugh’ book - pretending you’ve pulled your thumb off, making your index finger move from one hand to the other etc - and also embracing the risqué with a penis size gag, it’s routinely hilarious, and in the love story’s conclusion, quite touching. (Robin Lee)

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 28 Aug (not 15, 22), 5pm, £10-£11 (£8.50-£9.50).

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