Multimedia circus take on Japan’s national drink, performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
A weird one, this, but not without a certain off-kilter appeal. Produced by the ‘entertainment brand’ DEN, this wacky-tacky cross between quasi-ceremonial cultural celebration and flashy multimedia circus spectacle is all in honour of Japan’s national drink.
Our host, nicknamed Toji, is a reasonably droll stand-up who delivers most of his jokey English text while seated. There’s a smattering of fairly pretty back projection, mainly relating to the impact of the four seasons on the maturation process of rice. The latter is embodied by a human kernel (female) who initially occupies a nifty rotating harness. This lithe and symbolic figure is, by turns, polished, steamed and fermented.
Among the show’s other participants are a couple of acrobats and an illusionist (all so-so), as well as a percussionist whose effective beats are supplemented by two towering electric guitar players in colour co-ordinated wigs and rock-star garb. The net effect is both ambitious and junky. Still, I can’t say I minded it – and although I’ve yet to act upon it, The Sake did arouse in me a desire to renew my acquaintance with that titular liquor.
New Town Theatre, 220 0143, until 24 Aug, 8.30pm, £12 (£10).