Klaus is an odd man. He lives alone. Alone except for his cardboard boxes, which he cleans and moves and ensures are just right. Sometimes, the mail brings a new box and Klaus lovingly incorporates it into his boxed world. Everything is as it should be. But then, a different kind of box is delivered, a box that upsets Klaus’ equilibrium. It contains another person who is inquisitive where he is anxious, friendly where he is hesitant and brave where he is afraid. Can Klaus learn that the unknown doesn’t necessarily have to be scary and gather the strength to leave his boxes?
This is an unusual piece of physical theatre, designed to appeal to children, but with a plot-line and message that may only be clear to adults. The two performers are skilful acrobats and use their physicality well. In the heat of the Bosco Theatre (the air-conditioning seemed to be broken), it must have been an intensely difficult feat for them to keep the energy up, but they managed it.
This oppressive atmosphere also made it necessary for the doors to remain open during the performance and the sounds of the Garden of Unearthly Delights filtered distractingly in. However, the style of the show – being predominantly non-verbal – meant that this was not such a great problem as it might have been for a more narrative driven piece.
Though some of the small details of the show still went over my head, and must have been equally lost on the younger viewers, this show provides a positive general message, in a fun manner to which the kids seemed to respond.
Kryztoff Rating: 3K
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