The Dead Secrets present The Curiositorium (3 stars)

Surrender to the madness as the Curiositorium opens its doors to a gallery of oddities


This article is from 2015.

The Dead Secrets present The Curiositorium

Opening in the style of an espionage thriller, The Dead Secrets present a comedy adventure of epic proportions. A curator is tasked with rescuing her boss from the Curiositorium, a subterranean labyrinth of a museum housed under a regular museum and populated by many odd characters including a mad scientist, the ‘shadow people’ and a lost tourist looking for a Roman coin collection.

It is as bizarre as it sounds and delightfully bonkers with it. The complex storyline is accompanied by a wealth of jokes and the cast work at breakneck speed to fit it all in, racing on and off the stage and occasionally tripping over their own clever lines. The best of the gags are brilliant, though, mixing absurd and slapstick together, and when a joke doesn’t quite hit the mark they don’t linger. There are nods to Pan’s Labyrinth, Frankenstein’s monster and Monty Python but only as starting points for their own surreal sketches.

An educational video about a man who loves a cube, a French man crying and eating McDonalds chips in a dream sequence and the random appearances of people in American-flag waistcoats for brief musical interludes are some of the absurdist highlights. You can wonder what it’s all about or you can just surrender to the madness and enter the Curiositorium.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 30 Aug, 2pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

This article is from 2015.

The Dead Secrets Present… The Curiositorium

  • 3 stars

The Dead Secrets 'Scripted comedy of the highest quality' (Buxton Fringe). A labyrinthine sketch comedy adventure. The mysterious Curiositorium and its countless exhibits of wonder and dread have lain dormant for years, hidden beneath a more socially acceptable museum. Can the mild-mannered curator unlock its secrets?


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