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Burning Down The Horse

Words: Natasha Chanse

It could be said that this performance breaks the fourth wall. However, I would go one step further and say that there were never any walls to begin with (which is ironic considering the cast spend the full hour trapped and devising ways to escape the walls of the Trojan Horse).

The imagination is captured before the show even begins, with the audience being led into the theatre (/horse) by the toga-clad cast and invited to sit amongst the warriors themselves. So begins this hilariously written and fantastically performed play where reality is transcended, and all are joined together in the plight to take down Odysseus so the soldiers can return home to their chicken farms.

Despite their towering presence and glowering expressions, the warrior ensemble is soon revealed to be a loveable bandit of outcasts with endearingly corny, slapstick one-liners and a tangible chemistry. The show bears the hallmarks of a Grecian comedy, including the satire of authority and the charming fool, but achieves originality in its camp retelling of the Iliad. Simply put, Fishing 4 Chips’ performance is a delight that will be enjoyed by all who attend.

Burning Down The Horse
Pleasance Courtyard, Beneath
9-15, 17-27 Aug


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