Kipper Tie Theatre return to the Fringe 2012 with kids' show Our Island
- Kelly Apter
- 27 July 2012
This article is from 2012.
Singaporean theatre and slapstick in show tackling xenophobia and religious intolerance
Best known for winning over Fringe audiences with their poo-centred hit show, The Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business, Kipper Tie Theatre are back in Edinburgh with a far more serious subject matter.
Set in a mystery location, Our Island features three characters from diverse cultures, who are forced to overcome their differences, prejudices and fears, and get on with each other. As you might expect from a company that knows how to bring in the laughs, the show is serious in intent, rather than content.
‘The play strips these big issues right back to their roots,’ says writer and director, Bernie Byrnes, ‘while keeping them recognisable. It’s funny to watch three characters squabble over a toy, but it’s clear that the notions of fairness and greed that apply to that, also apply to xenophobia and religious intolerance.’
Created in collaboration with Singapore company, I Theatre, Our Island relies less on text to get its message across, and more on humorous physical theatre and traditional Singaporean techniques.
‘The play takes a lovely journey from complete suspicion to delightful co-operation, and language plays a big part in this,’ explains Byrnes. ‘None of the characters speak the same language – each has their own nonsense language. But as the show progresses, they learn some of each other’s language and make up new words together.’
C too, 0845 260 1234, until 27 Aug (not 14 & 21), 1.20pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£3.50–£5.50).