Edinburgh Fringe is a hub of unique and wild shows, contrasting genres and varieties of themes crunched into a tight hour. Even a theatrical neo-burlesque silent physical comedy show might not sound all that remarkable. Until you had a whooole world full of sexy, smoky, soapy bubbly mayhem.
A whooole world full of sexy, smoky, soapy bubbly mayhem
The Bubble Show for Adults team consists of renowned bubbleologist Kurt Murray and highly versatile physical performer Iulia Benze. Both are 'soapremely' talented. One could be forgiven for assuming that an hourlong bubble show might drag or get repetitive, but not only do they fill the hour with non-stop fun and variety, they also introduce updates in both the narrative and bubblicious content to warrant repeat visits from fans from previous fringes.
They open the mostly wordless show in breathtaking costumes, with Kurt demonstrating his physical comedy expertise and mastery of bubble manipulation. Now, you’d expect the stunning and, at times, physics-defying bubbles to upstage both performers. But despite all the wonderment and magic of the mystical suds, it’s pretty hard to take your eyes off the impeccable Iulia, whose spellbinding performance is an absolute masterclass of physical comedy.
The first sketch is an adorably romantic tale that quickly treads the line between erotic and grotesque; when they put ‘for Adults’ in the show title, it’s more than a mere marketing ploy! The updated narrative is joined by a glorious silhouette scene, alongside a few other fresh and reworked set pieces. The range of gizmos and gadgets employed in the show to create indescribable effects with bubbles of all sizes, types and behaviours ensures mouths are agape and ‘Ooh’s and ‘Aah’s involuntary.
With nudity, sexual themes and more bubbles than you can shake your rubber ducky at, this show does exactly what it says on the label, eking every sud out of its potential, and then some. So, for a bubble show like no other, go and (NB: brace yourself for terrible pun) POP along today.