Australian duo manages to create a state of incantatory unexpectedness
This article is from 2013.
With a show directed by bizarre-haircutted, Noel Fielding cohort Paul Foot, Gravity Boots put paid to all those shows that market themselves as 'surreal' when they are anything but. Hailing from down under, James Lloyd-Smith and Michael Cleggett display an acute understanding of the mechanisms of absurdity.
As they parade through a series of unusual situations, they tread a fine line between doing the unexpected and becoming intelligible. A pair of merman are portrayed as surfer stoners, the acolytes of a heretical deity take their religious fervour a little too far and two polar explorers manage to do everything except the scientific research they are supposed to do.
Some of the scenes go on a little too long but, generally, the duo manages to create a state of incantatory unexpectedness. When they get on a roll, they achieve a state where every utterance and non sequitur builds laugh upon laugh. It is testament to their powers of extremely well-contrived silliness that Austin Harrison-Bray, who provides live musical accompaniment, can barely play between giggle fits.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 26 Aug, 5.15pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).