Bubblewrap and Boxes turns cardboard boxes into children's show

This article is from 2011.

Bubblewrap and Boxes turns cardboard boxes into children's show

Playing around with the post at 2011 Edinburgh Festival

As any young child will tell you, there’s no end of things you can do with a cardboard box. Melbourne-based theatre company Asking For Trouble discovered it too, when they turned a pile of unwanted boxes into packages and parcels to create award-winning family show, Bubblewrap and Boxes.

Set in a mailroom run by one orderly member of staff, and one more free-spirited, the show relies largely on movement to tell the story. For performers Luke O’Connor and Cristy Flaws, finding unusual ways to do ordinary things was key to the show’s success.

‘As physical performers using very little spoken language, we’re always looking for ways to communicate the feelings and thoughts of our characters,’ says O’Connor. ‘We find that the unusualness of the movement adds a real sense of joy to this communication, both for us and the audience.’

Created in 2008, Bubblewrap and Boxes has played at comedy and fringe festivals in Australia and beyond, winning awards along the way. To what does O’Connor attribute its success?

‘We really enjoy performing it – and that on its own gets you a long way with a show,’ he says. ‘We made the show for families, and wanted adults to enjoy watching it as much as kids – which they do, often connecting with, and laughing at, different parts of the story.’

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 6–21 Aug (not 8, 15), 10.45am, £8–£9 (£7–£8). Previews until 5 Aug, £5.

B&B Show reel

Bubblewrap and Boxes

  • 3 stars

Acrobatics, clowning and a whole lot of cardboard boxes! Asking for Trouble present their award-winning, delightful, high-energy family show. Set in the lost mailroom, a strange, dusty nowhere land where homeless parcels and undeliverable letters live. A highly-strung mailroom dweller, intent on keeping his boxes in…

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