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In this world of constant distractions, anything requiring some level of concentration, such as a silent comedy, is often found fighting a losing battle to hold the attention of its audience. Not so with this silent adventure about three men trying to rob a bank. It contains all the expected tropes of the great silent films – the background piano soundtrack and blackboard tiles with titles such as “Earlier…” scrawled on them. Yet the element that takes this show to another level is the expressive cast members’ faces which vividly bring each situation to life and mark each character apart from one another. Occasionally the miming is not completely polished, but overall this slapstick shtick is too good to miss.
theSpaces at Surgeons Hall, 15 – 20 Aug, 6.10pm (6.55pm), £2.50 – £5.00, fpp253.
tw rating 4/5