Artist(s): Unstable King
Venue: The Little House
Reviewer: Glen Pearce
Ever thought life was too surreal to be true? That an unseen force was making you complete a series of tasks for no apparent reason? Then you could actually be a participant, unbeknown to you, in a computer game being guided by some unseen controller.
That’s the premise for Unstable King’s Game, a fusion of drama, comedy, circus and a hefty dose of geekdom. Narrated by an omni-presentbut unseen voice, three players face a series of random challenges with the loser facing painful or humiliating punishments, from gargling with a raw egg to having a balloon over-inflatedunder your shirt – a moment that has the entire audience having a collective intakeof breath in sympathy.
Intertwined with the story is a series of impressive circus skills that demonstrate the trio’s dexterity and coordination – from balancing on giant gym balls while juggling, through to a beautiful synchronised routine of juggling and swapping six bowler hats.
There’s clear chemistry between the trio and a great sense of cheeky fun, including an almost ‘full monty’ save for some strategically placed flyers.
As fun as it is, however, there’s a feeling that there is still some development to do here. A festival environment such as Latitude is always a challenging performance space, with noise bleeding in from neighbouring stages. This does mean that some of the dialogue is lost and the temporary nature of the venue further detracts from fully engaging. If some attention can be given to the non-physical elements and a general tightening of pace then Game has real potential.
This young company has obvious potential and will be one to watch in the future