The madcap pair of perennial Fringe faves are back this year with a joyous hour of mime, slapstick and chaos in Gamarjobat: Boxer, a show which demonstrates the Japanese duo’s mastery at raising laughter without uttering a single word.
After twenty minutes of inspired lunacy featuring stuck suitcases and invisible elevators, Gamarjobat treat us to the main event. Boxer is an expertly-performed silent story of a once-great pugilist’s battle to regain his champion status, aided by his grizzled coach – and by the love of a good woman.
This Rocky-like tale sees the duo’s precision mime skills turned up a notch, whether in the brilliantly-done montage training and falling-in-love sequences, or in the graceful and almost balletic slow-motion boxing matches. Unsurprisingly, there are laughs a-plenty, but also some moments of tender emotion – particularly impressive when you consider all the parts are being played by two Japanese men with dayglo mohawks.
Appealing to young and old alike, Boxer floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee in all the right places. And any preconceived notions you may have about mime will quickly be blown away by what amounts to a knockout performance.
Gamarjobat: Boxer is at the Gilded Balloon until Aug 25.