The Tim Bat Trick Show
Slickness and silliness in equal measure
This article is from 2011.
Tim Bat has been doing the Fringe for so long, he could probably deliver his act with his eyes closed. Which is actually not a bad idea it might make the tricks he delivers a touch more daring. In an age when circus performers push the boundaries of capability on a daily basis, Bat’s juggling/spinning/
twirling is all rather tame. But then that’s part of his charm.
Over the course of an hour, this likeable ‘gentleman juggler’, as he calls himself, more than endears himself to the audience. When it comes to silliness, Bat is a serial offender, and while his between trick banter isn’t exactly comedy gold, it’s very often a pleasingly polished bronze. For the most part, his tricks are slick – in particular a rather nifty knife/spinning top combination – and clearly hard-won after years of practise.
Naughty but loveable puppets, Mongo McMongoose and Lucy and Lamb also make an appearance, along with some cowboyesque rope spinning, city gent brolly twirling and messy food juggling, in a show that’s warm hearted but won’t set the world on fire.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 18 Aug, 10.20am, £7 £8 (£6 £7).