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Piatto Finale
Published on Sunday, 19 August 2012
4

4 stars

Zoo (venue website)
Theatre
4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 Aug, 10:20pm-11:20pm
Reviewed by Alice de Cent

 Parents or guardians should consider the content of this show if children are attending.

When a  ballet dancer is shot dead on stage at a Moscow opera house, the search for a lost piece of music – the Piatto Finale – takes three operatic artistes (who, naturally, may not all be what they seem) on a dangerous and hilarious adventure.

Maria Askew, Frode Gjerlow and Simon Maeder each play a multitude of characters – occasionally using the puppet version of themselves – providing ample opportunity to utilize a whole host of comedy accents, and engage in some quick-change chaos along the way.

Superbolt Theatre are an inventive company, with a talent for storytelling. Their madcap antics are peppered with slapstick and colourful characters that both spoof and reinvent the staples of classic mystery tales.

A touch rough around the edges, Piatto Finale doesn’t take itself too seriously. The physical work is accomplished and playful, and makes a feature of the show’s limited set, simple costume and small cast. Very much reliant on the skills of the performers, the show’s homemade feel adds a genuine connection between actors and audience.

Racing across continents, the show is fast-paced and easy to enjoy. Using music, mime and puppetry to create a good sprinkling of laugh-out-loud moments, Piatto Finale is an entertaining adventure that’s as smart as it is silly.

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