Machine de Cirque
creator-director Vincent Dubé
music Frédéric Lebrasseur
performers Guillaume Larouche, Thibault Macé, Philippe Dupuis, Samuel Hollis, Laurent Racicot
costumes Sébastien Dionne
lighting Bruno Matte
Peacock Theatre, London • 1-11.Jun.22
There's an overarching story about the construction of a nutty energy machine, but that's just a framework on which to hang both the physicality of these five young men and the outrageously inventive music performed by Frédéric Lebrasseur using drums, guitars, a massive panpipe and anything else he can find. All of them also use their voices, with lots of amusing gibberish and the occasional intelligible word. And even if the stage is constantly in a flurry of activity, the show is so cleverly constructed that there's never a question about what to look at.
There are also a couple of quieter comical set-pieces, including a pantomime date night with an audience member that's packed with hysterical little gags. Then the performers strip naked and somehow manage to cover their modesty with flinging towels while taunting each other with increasingly daring physicality, leaving us in painful fits of laughter. It may sound rude, but the children in the audience were of course giggling the loudest.
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