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A show that barely pauses to catch its breath; a dynamic and fun show suitable for all the family.
The show proper starts with a routine based on the idea of throwing an empty plastic bottle into a black bin-bag, although a series of misses and misunderstandings ensures that it takes several attempts before a younger audience member is assisted to get the job done. Following this, the focus shifts to three of the numerous wheelie bins on stage; each becomes a partner of one of the performers in an at-times almost balletic choreography of human bodies moving in, out and on top of the bins as they’re dragged, pushed and otherwise lifted around the stage.
Performed with a minimum of speech – this is a physical comedy show – there’s no doubt about the circus skills each man brings to the stage, although I do wonder just how many accidents are going to occur now as kids attempt to climb into their own bins. For the duration of the show, though, the “dummies” certainly offer a playful way of looking at even the most boring household objects. Throw in some juggling, some physical comedy (which thankfully errs on the side of gymnastic rather than physical assault), easily identifiable movie references and lots – and I do mean lots – of coloured plastic balls, and the result is a show that barely pauses to catch its breath; a dynamic and fun show suitable for all the family.
I don’t usually reference anything said by my fellow audience members in my reviews, but the grey-haired lady sitting next to me was enamoured by the show as much as the young girl by her side. Though not perhaps for the same reason; she admitted to me that she wished her local bin-men were quite as active and good-looking at the Trash Test Dummies!