Funny Bones Trash
Humour and skill combine in this talented comic duet
This article is from 2015.
With a self-professed mission to create children's theatre that's different and exciting, Funny Bones Trash are duo Keiichiro Miyaji, aka K-Bow from Tokyo, and Chris Peters, from Manchester. They've accomplished that mission with this masterful show of contemporary clowning, a vibrant and all-action 40 minutes which packs in stunning physical dexterity, light but cheeky comedy and mimed set pieces which are innovative and very cleverly worked.
Perhaps best recommended for older children and teenagers with a liking for rude humour and no fear of getting involved (the interactions are fun and inclusive, don’t worry), it's that rare sort of children's show which you'd readily recommend to an adult.
Miyaji in particular is phenomenally dextrous and his displays of juggling and wrist-flicking hat throwing and catching are breathtaking. The latter is one of the key set pieces here, along with a great scene where they mime all manner of actions using just a roll of masking tape each, which becomes an old man's walking stick and a DJ's headphones. You'll find yourself in love with the dazzling simplicity of it all even before the mighty final tableau, with giant puppet avatars which swoop low over the audience and slam into the stage. Once it's over, young and old alike are beaming.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 30 Aug (not 25), 11am, £9.