ThreeWeeks – August 2009

The Noise Next Door: OtherWorld – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A reviewer would have to think very hard before not giving this show five stars. What fault have they found? Is it in the show? Or is it, as seems more likely, in the reviewer’s own bitter and jealous heart? This energetic improv show is propelled by audience suggestions and the performers’ supernaturally quick minds. It’s like Derren Brown does improv. “What’s that, audience? A three-minute comic song about a toothpaste factory and Siberian flour? Well, as it happens, I have just such a song tattooed on my back!” I’m tempted to see this show again in an attempt to learn their secrets, but I fear that performances such as these are simply beyond the capability of mortals.

*****