Writer: Creator and Director: Ennio Marchetto
Reviewer: John Roberts
It’s ten years ago since Italian Ennio Marchetto brought his paper-crafting comedy routine to the fringe, however that hasn’t stopped him from pulling in a crowd who enjoys his every move wiggle and reveal.
The Living Paper Cartoon is a hybrid between fast change illusions and lip-sync cabaret. Marchetto mimes along to songs from the past and present, and illustrates them with cleverly constructed paper outfits, which unfold, flip, strip, push, pull and tear to reveal another character and famous face after another.
It’s incredibly clever and the skill involved to bring characters such as Miley Cyrus, Mona Lisa and Marilyn Monroe to life is undeniable, he can conjure up laughter from the simplest of movements, a flick of the tongue or a seductive wink, its all very cheeky and charming.
However after half an hour the show starts to loose it’s magic, and the concept and premise of the show never really goes anywhere else – it’s a well executed idea that has rightly earned Ennio Marchetto world renown. f you have never seen his act before you will easily be fall under his magic spell.
However if you have seen Marchetto before, then you may be disappointed that apart from a few character updates like Simon Cowell or Alex Salmond the show hasn’t really found a new edge and appears all too familiar in its presentation.
Runs until 25th August