Reviews: 'jaw-dropping' physical comedy hit Blam!
'Stunningly funny' Edinburgh-hit about escaping office boredom transfers to West End
What you need to know
Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Blam! has transferred to the West End where critics are calling it "stunningly funny" and "jaw-dropping". Blam! is directed by Kristján Ingimarsson for the acclaimed Denmark-based theatre company Neander.
Neander describe their show as "Die Hard meets The Office". They use dance, parkour, mime and stunts in a wordless performance about four office workers attempting to escape their dull routine through fantasy role-play. At Peacock Theatre, until 16 November.
What the critics like
The show is "a stunningly funny and anarchic fantasy" performed by four masters of physical theatre, says Clement Crisp in the Financial Times. Blam! is a dazzling combination of acrobatics, mime and beady-eyed social comment - blissfully, jaw-crackingly funny.
Blam! is a "completely anarchic and sometimes breathtakingly silly re-enactment of hero-fantasies", says Daisy Bowie-Sell in Time Out. Office workers reinvent themselves as gun-toting, not-to-be-messed-with men using stationary props and jaw-dropping acrobatics.
"What lifts this out of the ramshackle but funny idea into another level is the sheer artistry of the performers," says Neil Norman in the Daily Express. They create a live action computer game with unparalleled wit and split-second timing - silly, adolescent and gobsmackingly brilliant.
What they don't like
"One or two gags reach towards the lowest common denominator and a few set-pieces outstay their welcome," says Donald Hutera in The Times. But this raucous slapstick show is a knowingly juvenile send-up of cartoonish masculinity that makes for escapist, all-ages entertainment of a high order. ·