Hurry Up and Wait – Edinburgh Fringe 2011, 4–29 August, C aquila.

Review by Lauren Paxman The Stage Edinburgh, 8 August 2011.

Hurry Up and Wait

deBASE Productions, in association with Queensland Theatre Company (Australia)

There is little more frustrating than having your boredom punctuated with a child’s cries of “Are we nearly there yet?” or “I’m hungry”.

So a show that encourages little ones to use their imagination to keep themselves entertained should be money well spent.

But Hurry Up and Wait is more than that. This perfectly-pitched Australian show will make children – and their parents – look at the most mundane things in a new way. Clint Bolster and Liz Skitch star as two clowns eagerly waiting for something that is taking forever to arrive. But while Bolster’s character is a master at keeping a comedy pose, Skitch is impatient and tries to distract him with mimes about eating ice creams, swimming and playing with dogs and chickens.

The themes are simple enough for any child over three to understand. But there is also material here to keep older children entertained – and even a Sir Mix-A-Lot “I like big butts” reference for the adults.

It is always a sign of a good show when children are being dragged out of the theatre afterwards. And it’s also proof that deBASE theatre company is right, time does fly when you are having fun.

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