Edinburgh Fringe 2012
An underground coal fire causes the evacuation of a small town in Centralia, Pebbsylvania – and these are the three remaining inhabitants….who’ve come to Edinburgh to tell their story.- in an eccentric and humourous way. Mayhem. murder, death and detection: a theatrical gem in which an arrow finds its target!
Although these two plays are quite different in content, Centralia being a story with a beginning a middle and an end, and Piatto Finale a story with a threadbare and confusing but hysterically funny plot, they have two things very much in common: both are wild and reckless comedies and both performed by the same three over-the-top talented products of the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School. There is no single director, but they have a shared vision – the key to their theatre can be summed up, perhaps, as the ‘theatre of laughter’.
There is of course and strong association with mime, as one would expect, and a distinct leaning towards absurdity: also both the plays are very good fun: and both evenings exude good humour and good nature.
Centralia records a small town in the USA of that name which had a problem with an underground coal fire and all who are left after death and evacuation are the three jokers we see on stage. The first of the three characters (Frode Gjerlow from
Piatto Finale and Centralia are pure theatricality and in Piatto a mini structure centre stage supports little curtains from behind which the zany humour of the three spills into our laps. It’s brilliant stuff but , like an over decorated trifle, perhaps has too many glace cherries on it. It attempts a plot ( a detective tale in search of an Operatic Finale), but the style rather than the journey is what appeals – comic moments strung together , as it were, in a threadbare pattern: it would be marginally more satisfying as a ‘piece’ if its high-jinks were more focused. But really that is splitting hairs: Superbolt Theatre are on to a very good thing: watch this space: they’re very clever And great fun.