Men of Steel (4 stars)

This article is from 2007.

Men of Steel

Mess, mayhem and mischief

There are three feisty cookie cutters on the prowl, storming around having adventures and getting up to mischief. They’re powered by a trio of talented young puppeteers, a creative bunch who’ve already found success with the piece in their native Australia.

The show is mayhem: chaotic worlds are created using nothing but kitchen utensils and nonsensical noises. It can be hard to work out what’s going on at points, but the high voltage energy ensures that the entertainment never flags, even when the rationale does. It’s divided into sections, meaning easy digestion for short attentions spans, while the ingenuity of the talented performers will keep all but the grumpiest adults entertained.

The use of tomato ketchup and a gingerbread man being sick are worth the ticket price alone, but be very wary about sitting on the front row: these guys have eggs and they’re not afraid to use them. (Sian Bevan)

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 20), 11am, £8–£9 (£7–£8).

Men of Steel

  • 4 stars

Mad puppetry and messy food combine in this chaotic Australian show. Ages 4+. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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