Pop-Up! The Amazing Adventures of Moo-Dong
The art of entertaining
This article is from 2011.
Theatre Bom’s Pop-Up! is based around the inspired notion of recreating famous paintings, such as Arcimboldo’s ‘fruit faces’ and Seurat’s ‘Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette’, live onstage. Don’t be nervous: an in-depth knowledge of history of art is not required, just a free hour and a daft sense of humour.
There’s a very sketchy (sorry) story here, about an adventurous, if rather clumsy, girl whose interactions with well-known artworks tend to lead to chaos, but this is really a pretext for a load of silly visual gags and some striking tableau.
There’s also a lovely sequence in which Moo-Dong stumbles across a giant-sized jigsaw version of Arcimboldo’s ‘Summer’ and has to put all the pieces together with a little help from the audience. Another episode features a carnival of ingenious puppet zoo animals, including an elephant, a zebra and a snake, who chase Moo-Dong around the stage.
Only the rather insipid deconstruction of Seurat’s work, which comes towards the end of the show, falls a little flat, but otherwise there’s plenty of colour and movement here to keep younger kids and daft grown-ups entertained.
C Chambers Street, 0845 260 1234, until 29 Aug (not 15), 11.10am, £7.50–£8.50 (£6.50–£7.50).