Fringe Preview: Blam!, Pleasance Courtyard

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REYKJAVIK, April. The excitement inside the City Theatre is palpable as the audience take their seats for a performance of Blam! - A riotous, roller-coaster ride of a show that’s been dubbed ‘Die-Hard meets The Office’.

A wordless mix of mime, slapstick, acrobatics, clowning and daring physical stunts, the production had already been a five-star success in Denmark - and it seemed that everyone in the Icelandic capital wanted to see it.

Queues gathered outside one of the city’s biggest theatres in the hope of nabbing any returned tickets.

For once, the hype was justified. Using everything from circus skills to dance and the athletic prowess of parkour, Blam! tells the story of four crafty employees who invent a game to alleviate the boredom of their 9-to-5 jobs.

Using office furniture and stationary they transform themselves into aliens and superheroes, all the while trying to avoid the hawk-eyed supervision of their spoil-sport boss.

As well as some jaw-dropping physical stunts, film fans will delight in guessing the show’s many cinematic nods - to Rambo, Reservoir Dogs, Judge Dredd, Star Wars and Iron Man, to name but a few.

“It is a language - action movie language - but played big,’’ says Kristjan Ingimarsson, artistic director of the award-winning physical theatre group, Neander, who put the cast together with a plan to make a fun show incorporating film and comic-book characters.

He says audiences have no trouble in getting the references. “They get the game that we are playing... they understand the joy of playing.’’

Last week, Blam! opened at the biggest space at the Pleasance Courtyard, and although there’s some risk involved in coming here at a time when competition to put bums on seats is fierce, the show looks set to become one of this year’s biggest Fringe hits.

In the case of Blam’s! mix of narrative theatre, acrobatics and daring physical stunts. actions really do speak louder than words.

Blam!, Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 August, 5.55pm, £13-£15, 0131-226 0000