FRINGE REVIEW – Flynch, Looking

*****

Zoo venues excel at quirky and innovative shows – the kind of gentle, low-key stuff that you may not see splashed all over town but which will provide a welcome respite from the madness of Edinburgh in August. ‘Flynch, Looking’ is just such a show.

This is a gentle physical theatre piece by the Paris-based, Lecoq-trained Clout company. The titular character is a hapless everyman who describes himself as being “not quite as much as he should be”. Flynch has been unceremoniously chucked by his girlfriend and is seeking solace in a solo seaside holiday. His hotel is inhabited by a collection of grotesques and his restless dreams are inhabited by the now-absent girlfriend Lydia.

In terms of plot, there isn’t much. But as the audience are dragged along on Flynch’s emotional journey, they are whisked into a world of salt air and shattered dreams. Despite Flynch’s pathos, the show is
not without humour. Indeed contains a comic dance sequence that had most of the audience in stitches.

The staging is simple but effective, with some innovative use of basic props, but it is the physicality of the actors that really shines through here. ‘Flynch, Looking’ may not change your life, but for an hour or so it will help you forget your own troubles as you sympathise with poor Flynch.

5-29 Aug (not 16) 2015 (2115) @ Zoo. More information here.

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