The park is open again. There’s no shortage of retro cinematic nostalgia at the Fringe this year, with ever other comedy poster seemingly a riff on Back to the Future, and over at Pleasance Courtyard there’s a man re-enacting Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Superbolt Theatre’s take on the Steven Spielberg classic has already enjoyed an impressive run at London’s VAULT Festival, but it’s a sleeker, tighter beast that they’ve unleashed this August.
Rather than a straight run-through of the 1992 film, Superbolt couch the dino-action in the story of a divorced father desperately trying to hold his family together. It’s neatly worked into the film’s most iconic scenes, and surprisingly poignant in its resolution.
But the dino’s share of the fun comes from Superbolt’s homespun approach to the big effects sequences, with an armoury of unlikely props standing in for millions of dollars-worth of CGI and puppetry. Interludes between scenes are a joy, as the three Lecoq-trained performers transform into snapping, twitching dinosaurs. It’s an immensely crowd-pleasing show, that goes beyond the call of duty to create something more heartfelt and profound than just a bash around Isla Nublar. Superbolt Theatre is a company to watch, and if they’re planning a trip to The Lost World, it’ll be well worth the price of a ticket.