Presenting the latest creation from Richard Peel!

So what is your impression after 60 seconds? Do you see attention grabbing curtains and loo rolls, margarine tubs and cereal boxes stuck together for props or do you see a Warrior (played by Matthew Smolka) with a beard of fire, dressed in a cloak embroidered with pure gold, hypnotising you with a hovering weightless crystal cube filled with smoke? After another 60 seconds Kobe the Warrior is having problems with the mystical Destiny Cube and retreats to the back of the stage to seek assistance. He returns with Nigel (played by Richard Peel who then plays a very interesting instrument. I wonder if there might be future episodes in which it is revealed that Kobe the Warrior is actually Nigel’s brother? Their voices sound really similar – and could that be because they are related?

So this tale so far features a Warrior and his mate. But how can these two people take you anywhere but the windowless basement within which they are performing? This next clip which features Nigel and a new character called ‘The Bamboozler which shows you how they did it -

Like Richard Herring’s comedy (as reviewed in a previous post), this protoballet has a certain childish innocence to it. Although a child may have loved to have used the expletives contained in the show, how would a child (if they even wanted to) have given light to ideas about social cohesion, secularism, mankind’s last hope, martrydom, sanity, love, death, the afterlife and soul? And don’t forget the classic (the will they ever get together) romance!

There’s so much dangerously crammed into the two twenty minute slots it’s amazing that it works as a coherent piece. Although there is excellent miming earlier in the show and imaginative dream vision brain storming in the next clip, I think the use of startling props to imprint ideas into the audiences mind definitely plays a role here -

Right, I’m curious. Where did I put my Destiny Cube?

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