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Superbard and the Sexy Quantum Stories
Published on Saturday, 13 August 2011

2 stars

C venues - C soco (venue website)
3-14, 16-29 Aug, 5:35pm-6:30pm
Reviewed by Miriam Vaswani

 Recommended for age 14+ only.

Superbard and the Sexy Quantum Stories is a spin on traditional storytelling, adding rhythm, rhyme and film to a series of interconnected tales. It starts with an account of a night in the pub, involving a woman with a tail, a threesome in a car and a 7’ tall jellyfish. This is followed by stories featuring bereavement, masturbation... and a traffic cone.

Despite that eclectic mix, the self-styled Superbard sensibly avoids shock attempts, and gains a few laughs from his audience - who are attentive, but generally seem unchallenged. The perfomance was earnest but sadly, didn’t seem completely thought-out. Audience interaction was patchy; it might have been more engaging if the show had either incorporated the audience or simply chosen not to, but as it was, it seemed like an afterthought.

The link between stories was difficult to follow, and I was left without much idea of the loose connections between events and characters. Conversations with pre-recorded actors on the screen didn’t seem well-rehearsed, and added little interest.

Superbard’s storytelling style borrows liberally from popular surreal genres, most notably The Mighty Boosh. Though the prose at times is touching - most notably when Branch, taking on the voice of a university student, synchronises with the pre-recorded voice of an internet porn star - the performance as whole did not achieve originality or cohesion.

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