Goose: Hydroberserker (2 stars)

This article is from 2016

Goose: Hydroberserker

A wildly chaotic physical narrative about love goes right off the rails

It takes a while to work out what's going on here, but a thread of narrative does eventually emerge from this wildly physical comedy show. Adam (Adam Drake) has lost the potential love of his life Belle, somehow not managing to get her number correctly despite bumping into her twice. That's the gist of the show as told by Drake through the use of mime, physical theatre, improv, a projector screen and the full backing band he has on stage with him.

These should be the ingredients for an exciting and innovative show but it just feels chaotic, largely formless and very underwritten. In addition, Drake affects a nervy demeanour, or at least you presume that's the case – in some places, it's difficult to tell whether it's an act. It doesn't help that his audience stooges aren't greatly cooperative and you feel for him as he struggles with them.

There are a few good gags in here and the action does pick up pace in the last few minutes but it's not enough. The band is a nice touch too but their presence here feels excessive considering the lacklustre script they're backing. And they do look a little bemused themselves, which undermines the whole enterprise somewhat.

Assembly George Square, until 28 Aug, 4.30pm, £10–£12 (£8.50–£9.50).

Goose: Hydroberserker

  • 2 stars

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