Le Flop (2 stars)

This article is from 2014

Le Flop

Clown theatre silliness flags too often for late-night slot

Despite some fun interactions between this five-piece, Le Flop’s first Edinburgh show is hard work, and it only lasts 50 minutes. Their silly antics have promise, but - despite the slightly inebriated audience giving them the benefit of the doubt to begin with - the set up’s potential is unrealised and unengaging.

Billed as clown theatre, the show’s physical moments are its best. A rendition of ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in a gobbledegook language gets people playing along; there’s some amusing dancing in a club scene and their exit is well choreographed too, but largely the silliness here doesn’t quite gel and there’s isn’t enough spark to really get the audience going.

You might recognise a couple of the performers here from elsewhere at the Fringe: Stuart Bowden (of Doctor Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and his Singing Tiger fame) is in surreal comedy Before Us, while Cheekykita and Donal Coonan are in Dead Ghost Star on the Free Fringe. Altogether, they’re a likeable bunch, but this show flags too often and, at this time of night, that’s hard to get away with.

Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug, 10.50pm, £9.50-£10.50 (£8.50-£9.50).

Le Flop

  • 2 stars

Five international fools with silliness fizzing in their stomachs are here to give you a night you won’t forget - especially if you have a sharp memory. ‘An absurd hour of vibrant clowning which totally won over the audience … gloriously silly’ (Argus). ‘These guys are pure idiots, imaginative and totally out there…