- Lorna Irvine
- 18 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Fun musical absurdism in pieces by Livingstones Kabinet at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A disclaimer is displayed at the start of this show warns audience members not to attach any great depth or meaning to the performance. With that in mind, Denmark-based absurdists Livingstones Kabinet set the scene for a provocative hour of sound and visual collage.
Based on a children's game (called 'Consequences' in Britain) where scenarios are written on paper, then folded up and swapped around, it is certainly an appropriate motif; all four performers' solos eventually merging in a melee of hilarity and incoherent mania.
Wriggling out of suits and dancing as though having seizures, they cover Patsy Cline's I Fall To Pieces, stare at chickens in an attempt to gauge their motivation, and ignore meat swinging from a hook, which threatens at times to smack them square in the face.
There are tangible influences here: from Surrealism-inspired 80s alternative bands like Art Of Noise and Propaganda and the burr of Ivor Cutler in Pete Livingstone's lovely singing voice, but the initial impact of ideas often evaporate as soon as they appear.
Not quite enough to fill the Clout-sized hole in Summerhall this year – even with the deployment of leeks – yet deliriously cacophonous fun nonetheless, in pieces.
Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 24 Aug, 5.20pm, £11 (£9).