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Grimm and Grimmer review at Pegasus Oxford

This won’t be the only Grimm-related show playing this Christmas, but it may just be the smartest and funniest. Gonzo Moose excels at an exuberant mash-up of improvisation, physical theatre, slapstick and satire, and the company is at the height of its powers in this inventive take on the Grimm canon.

Rather than adapting or updating the familiar tales themselves, Gonzo’s writers have set the story around the life of the genius brothers, using a little poetic licence to interweave it with their own newly devised adventure in fairyland. The Grimms’ sister Lotte (Lauren Silver) goes on a quest to find the key to her brother’s ailing heart, and must see off the villainous Rumpelstiltskin into the bargain, but the stars of the show are the ensemble of eccentrics she meets along the way. This gallery of grotesques makes full range of all three performers’ impressive abilities, from a whimsical, Bourbon-chomping bear to a pitch-perfect king and queen straight out of a Woody Allen comedy. The actors relish knockabout visual humour as much as clever pastiche, and there’s a fantastically grisly scene towards the end – the faint-hearted should probably look away.

Grimm and Grimmer sees Gonzo Moose get better and better, and anyone within a 20-mile radius of Oxford should definitely make the trip.

Production Information

Pegasus, Oxford, December 9-December 30

Authors
Abigail Anderson, Seamus Allen, Mark Conway, Lauren Silver
Director
Abigail Anderson
Producer
Gonzo Moose
Cast
Seamus Allen, Mark Conway, Lauren Silver
Running time
1hr 45mins

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