- Allan Radcliffe
- 7 August 2012
This article is from 2012
Thrilling fusion of football, dance and slapstick
Virtuoso soccer skills have become a staple of telly variety shows like Britain’s Got Talent. But when was the last time you witnessed a five-a-side football match recreated on stage, with multiple balls flying in every direction?
While this show from Seol and Company features a loose narrative about an underdog team determined to take on a gang of cocky bullies with chic haircuts, it’s really a pretext for some enjoyable physical comedy, clowning and acrobatics, all of which involves balls of all sizes and a welcome helping of audience interaction.
There’s plenty of mazy dribbling, passing and shooting throughout, but the real fun comes from the slapstick, the infectious sense of camaraderie between the members of the rag-tag team, and the slight suspense of wondering how these plucky amateurs are going to fare in the final reckoning against their rivals. (I wonder if you can guess what happens?)
The choreography is generally tight, incorporating familiar football moves as motifs for some engaging routines, but the whole package is a little chaotic, with the odd mistake creeping in here and there.
This doesn’t seem to perturb the audience, however, a couple of whom are delighted to be invited on to the platform to take part in one scene featuring a gentle hybrid sport that looks like a cross between football and volleyball. And when we’re asked to take part in a Mexican wave prior to the big match, well, the crowd doesn’t quite go wild, but we certainly throw ourselves into it with gusto.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 13, 20), 4.05pm, £13–£15 (£11–£13).