FRINGE REVIEW – Soap! The Show

*****

5 – 30 Aug  1915 (2025) @ Assembly

Six baths, four men, four women. And a whole lot of ‘wow’.
 
Soap! The Show, devised by Markus Pabst (creator of the bathboy act in La Clique) and Maximilian Rambaek, played to a full house and had the audience of all ages gasping in genuine delight and amazement, largely due to the eight performers’ incredibly beautiful and mesmerising feats of dance, acrobatics, burlesque, mime, and celebration of the human form, performed in, on and around bathtubs. The action is watched over and punctuated by songs from a camp, sexy opera singer, who surveys the activity from her bathtub at the top of the stage.
 
We laughed and screamed with delight as we were moved and mesmerised by the performers’ incredible energy and skill, taking us on a captivating journey through acts of acrobatics, juggling, trapeze, hilarious sketches and dynamic dance sequences – and things we never thought possible with feet and hands – which went down a storm with the audience.
 
All of the acts are nicely threaded together by the kooky Marie the Clown, her girlish innocence and almost slapstick humour adding humanity and charm to the production. With powerful lighting, plenty of water effects and an eclectic and inspired soundtrack, ranging from Gnarls Barkley to the Doors to Nina Simone, Soap! The Show makes for a memorable performance which will leave you energised and wanting more.
 
This is a show for all ages, with no language barriers, which is clearly deserving of the standing ovation and enthusiastic response it received from the audience.
 

Soap! Photo credit: Fourth Eye Photography

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