Back again for round two, Sandi Delangalala and Mike von Bardeleben (Those can’t be their real names?) and writer/director Josh Martin (now there’s a name I can spell) present Bru. Two surf boards, four beer crates and two wet-suit wearing young men take their audience on an epic road trip from the claustrophobic, smog clogged, urban prison of Joburg with the lure of freedom; the waves.
One tall, long-haired, Shaggy-esque white dude and one short, short-haired black dude make up a perfect comic duo. And in typical clowning style, use their bodies, voices and minimal props to re-create a world for two poor surfer boys to get lost in. You can expect an array of colourful characters from this Yin-Yang duo (with special mention to Captain Bongi (I hope I got that right, who had me guffawing rather unattractively) and obstacles and hilariously illogical situations that the two young bro’s meet on their long trek back home to Durban, there’s even a touch of the supernatural.
The acting is high energy, high pace and ballsy. Putting on a piece of clowning/physical theatre in this Festival when you are sharing ticket sales with some of the biggest names in the business takes courage, but these two can certainly hold their own. The jump, run, rock and roll through the scenes with agility and precision and exhibit one of the best slo-mo scenes I’ve seen in a long time.
And overall, the show is hilarious. The comic timing is tops. The jokes are fresh and the characters hysterically stereotypical. And when you are surrounded by intellectually challenging art, this kiff little show is pure raucous entertainment. — Qondiswa James