Brighton FringeReviewSouth East

BRIGHTON FRINGE: I am Somebody – The Warren: The Hat 

Creators: Sirqus Alfon

Reviewer: Simon Topping

After some torchlight shenanigans and a “scan” of the Brighton audience in the dark, Sirqus Alfon burst onto the stage looking like vibrant circus militia, decked out in powder pink, yellow and blue army outfits, exuding energy and joy.

Immediately immersing the crowd in what simultaneously feels like the 1980’s and somewhere in the distant future, the three Swedish performers continued to delight in their madcap revelry for what is to prove a pleasurable mix of eccentric and eclectic set pieces of physical theatre.

The leader of the troupe, Erik Rosales, accompanied by Martin Östman on bass guitar and Henrik Strindberg on drums pump out some chic music that makes the throng bounce and believe we are attending an alternative, hipster, Eurovision. Never letting up and giving their all, Sirqus Alfon are here to supercharge us into friendly submission.

Using some very clever video and audio technology and tricks, we become party to some fabulous imagery on the big screen including a montage of selfies and movement which make the audience laugh and whoop as well as some tape looping, involving an unwitting member of the gathering and turning her into the star of the show.

On several occasions there are brilliant combinations of synchronized music and choreography which are masterful. Particularly enjoyable are the slow motion and rewind scenes with all players excelling; this is a tightly knit band of brothers and it shows in the synergy of their movement.

The most appealing aspect of the show is it’s encouragement of audience participation; Siqus Alfon are not only here to share their lunacy with us but to leave us changed and make everyone in the house feel good about themselves.

It is a highly accomplished, funny, warm and skilful show which leaves all those that have seen it just that little bit taller as they leave. A must see.

Reviewed on 15th May

Image: Kim Nilsson 

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