FRINGE REVIEW – Magicians Do Exist


It’s difficult to dislike a show when the sole performer begins by shaking hands with each member of the audience. Granted, this is thefirst show of the run and it’s a small crowd. However, this introduction seems to be largely indicative of Chris Cresswell’s style. Warm, engaging and ever-so-slightly shambolic, Cresswell is visibly thrilled to be sharing his enthusiasm for Jacques Tati with the audiences of Edinburgh.

No need to be a fan of the French actor to enjoy this show. Cresswelluses Tati’s work as the basis for an exploration of the collusionbetween audience and clown to create a greater work. If that sounds overly cerebral, fear not. This is gentle, playful and entirely accessible.

Cresswell calls on his audience – in the gentlest possible way – to participate in re-creating famous scenarios from Tati’s films. Empty crisp packets, rubber gloves, books and pens become rustling paper,flapping birds and a typewriter in the hands of the audience who take to this assignment with gusto.

For anyone with an interest in clowning, or perhaps just looking for agentle introduction to a day on the Fringe, it’s well worth spendingan hour with Jacques Tati.

3-28 Aug (not 16, 23) 1210 (1300) @ Pleasance Dome

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