Zany as hell in possible Rocky Horror-inspired regalia, The Mechanisms burst on stage in a frenzy of face paint, tap shoes, handguns and…light-up bionic arms. They are space pirates apparently; their mission to thrill an unwitting audience with the tragic tale of Rose Red and her sister Snow, the unlikely warriors of New Constantinople. In an entertaining blend of spoken word and live music, The Mechanisms reformulate the stories of many traditional fairytale characters, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty turning sci-fi – their space adventures established in a series of steam-punk melodies. Talent and passion abound in this wacky young horde – their lead vocalist/narrator practically reeks of it – and the concept has great potential, once nerves are conquered and all-important experience acquired.
Whynot?, 4-25 August (not 7, 14, 21), 5.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Christy Brown]