A Shut Up Comedy From Japan

Edinburgh Spotlight Review 2014

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014

Edinburgh Spotlight Review 2014

four stars

The madcap pair of perennial Fringe faves are back this year with a joyous hour of mime, slapstick and chaos in Gamarjobat: Boxer, a show which demonstrates the Japanese duo’s mastery at raising laughter without uttering a single word.

After twenty minutes of inspired lunacy featuring stuck suitcases and invisible elevators, Gamarjobat treat us to the main event. Boxer is an expertly-performed silent story of a once-great pugilist’s battle to regain his champion status, aided by his grizzled coach – and by the love of a good woman.

This Rocky-like tale sees the duo’s precision mime skills turned up a notch, whether in the brilliantly-done montage training and falling-in-love sequences, or in the graceful and almost balletic slow-motion boxing matches. Unsurprisingly, there are laughs a-plenty, but also some moments of tender emotion – particularly impressive when you consider all the parts are being played by two Japanese men with dayglo mohawks.

Appealing to young and old alike, Boxer floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee in all the right places. And any preconceived notions you may have about mime will quickly be blown away by what amounts to a knockout performance.

This entry was posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 10:22 by Keith D