Like a cross between Laurel and Hardy and The Chuckle Brothers, Australian Tom Flanagan combines good ol’ fashioned slapstick with silent movie stylings and impressive acrobatics for his debut solo show at the Fringe. ‘Kaput’ sees Flanagan as the mute projectionist at a chaotic cinema, where he struggles to complete even the simplest of tasks without calamity ensuing. There are some charming conceits and nice bits of audience participation, but I did find that some of the slapstick set pieces wore a bit thin and a few seemed to lose momentum part way through. For the most part though, Flanagan’s endearing style and amazing tumbling was enough for the show to prove enjoyable for audience members both old and young.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 1-27 (not 13, 20), 3.05pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Holly Close]