Words: Michelle Jamieson
Prepare to be transported into a world of play, laughter, and ingenious creativity with The Ice Hole: a sensational performance that seamlessly combines physical theatre, mime, and clowning. The show’s charm lies in its ability to blend the humour of Monty Python with the eccentricity of Mighty Boosh, all wrapped in a delightful twist reminiscent of the classic slapstick duo, Laurel and Hardy.
From the very start, it becomes apparent that “The Ice Hole” is something special. Impeccable and inventive, this comedic masterpiece had the audience in stitches throughout the entire performance. The two incredibly experienced performers effortlessly guided us through a farcical story where a great actor recounts his journey from the fjords of Iceland to the dust of the Spanish desert, immersing us in a world filled with boundless joy.
One cannot help but marvel at the attention to detail that permeates every aspect of this delightful hour of fun. The level of creativity displayed in transforming simple cardboard into an extraordinary theatrical experience is awe-inspiring. It is evident that countless hours of dedication and passion went into perfecting this piece, resulting in a show that feels both fresh and original.
As much credit goes to the brilliant performers as it does to the talented team behind the design and construction of the cardboard props. The theatrical world of wonder they have crafted is a testament to their ingenuity and skill. And to the stagehands who worked tirelessly, ensuring the smooth and seamless running of the comedy at the speed of light.
“The Ice Hole” is not just a performance; it’s an invitation to never stop playing, a reminder of the magic that can be found in simplicity. The audience was delighted to witness the mechanics of theatre unfold before their eyes, as the performers skillfully revealed the inner workings of their craft. I will never look at cardboard in quite the same way.
This fast-paced physical comedy is an absolute must-see at this year’s Fringe. It is a rare gem that showcases the pure joy of performance and the boundless possibilities of creative expression.
The Ice Hole: A Cardboard Comedy
Pleasance Courtyard, The Grand