Aidan Flynn lost his brother so he makes another

Fringe Description: Silly · Weird · Warm and Fuzzy

You have never seen anything quite like Aidan Flynn.  Mump and Smoot are as close as I can come, which is not close.   Nathan Howe and Morgan Murray are the "creators" and performers, and Howe also the director.

The two-character piece has only music and gibberish, and advances so fast that significant moments can easily be missed.   A young man builds a structure resembling a human with a wooden cart, an abacus, a twig for an arm.   He dismantles it and raises a corpse (I think, for this part is done with shadows).   The dummy - which proves to be a real live actor - is animated by energetic wheel-turning.   The body is then taught movement, which is where Frankenstein parallels enter.   There's a sustained learning-to-dance segment and an attempt to tie up the monster, which then becomes threatening.   A final 2-D sequence has a couple holding hands and then with a baby. Janet Smith's article in the current Georgia Straight reveals additional episodes and depths.

Clever, original, audacious, hugely inventive, skilfully sustained.   Most of the sizeable audience laughed a lot and were clearly held.   I admired in a detached way and can only record that, as they say, Aidan Flynn didn't knock my socks off.

By Malcolm Page