THE COLOUR OF NONSENSE
by Tim Britton, Chris Britton and Ed Jobling.
Riversdie Studios (Studio 3) To 21 November 2010.
Tue-Sat 7.45pm Sun 6pm.
Runs: 1hr 25min No interval.
TICKETS: 020 8237 1111.
Review: Alan Geary 6 November at Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham.
It’s an outrage – definitely worth a look.
If you’re into well-constructed three-act plays with proper intervals and sensible outcomes you ought to be writing to your MP about The Colour of Nonsense. It’s an outrage.
But if you enjoy the occasional anarchic, inventive and subversive affair which swings off into nutty tangents then this, the latest show from Forkbeard Fantasy, is for you. And it’s not only creative and zany; it leaves you thinking as well as reeling. There are elements of the Marx Brothers here, certainly the Goon Show; and actually Tintin.
Tim Britton (who spends most of his time as Line), Chris Britton (Splash, mostly) and Ed Jobling (who has a Teddy boy haircut and plays Scuro) are the men to blame for the mayhem. There are also Dolly the parrot and Cedric the fly.
Splash, Line & Scuro are a firm of Cutting Edge Conceptualists who’ve fallen on tough times; their main competition seems to come from bright young go-getter Lennie Spanker.
It starts with Line arriving at the office, having trudged through the constantly pouring rain – he’s doing his own sound effects. He finds that their agent Hermione has (literally) taken the lift so he has to walk up nine floors. From thereon it’s a crazed mix of OTT acting, interaction with brilliant back-projection, wonderful cartoonery – Line is writing a graphic novel about the whole thing as the narrative proceeds – and potent satire.
At one point Line has to draw a parallel axiom grid and Scuro has to – sweep up. It’s 2030 and most of the world’s under water so there’s a lot to be satirical about. The only thing to eat is jelly fish – there’s an appalling scene where Scuro comes in with some huge and rubbery jelly fish sandwiches which twang across the stage as they proceed to eat.
Underlying the comedy and mayhem, there’s a nightmarish quality in evidence as well, which harks back to the post-environmental catastrophe setting of their last show.
This is definitely worth a look.
Line: Tim Britton.
Splash: Chris Britton.
Scuro: Ed Jobling.
Director: Andy Hay.
Designer/Maker: Penny Saunders.
Lighting: Marcus Bartlett.
Costume: Kate Whitehead.