Slightly Fat Features
Ensemble buffoonery and a grand finale
This article is from 2013.
A coming together of circus skills, comedy and chaos, Slightly Fat Features strikes a bizarre balance between the brilliant and the banal. Maybe that’s the point, but you can’t help but think if they stuck to the former, it’d make for an even better show.
Host Goronwy Thom is a born showman, and everything he touches turns to gold, whether he’s engaging with the audience, juggling or performing the multitude of other skills at his disposal. But he’s also backed by an ensemble of multi-talented, acerbic, idiotic and downright ridiculous circus artistes, musicians and variety acts.
Between them they scale heights (cling-film escapology from the ceiling) and scrape barrels (a hammer and soft-toy routine). Highlights include an ingenious tiny cowboy, a very silly ‘find the lady’ trick, a scenario with flying plastic animals, and the mock bravado of tiger tamer Wayne Marvell.
The whole show rounds off with quite possibly the most brilliant closing tableaux at this year’s Fringe, which at first looks like an excuse for the ‘portly’ drummer to show off his tummy before turning into a stroke of genius.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 5.50pm, £10–£13 (£11–£12).