The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2015 – Trygve Wakenshaw: Kraken

KrakenI’m hoping that after the seriousness of the previous play Trygve Wakenshaw’s one-man Kraken performance will jolt us back into a good mood! Here’s what the blurb says about it: “Last year’s multi award-winning, critically acclaimed total sell-out returns. From award-winning Gaulier trained clown comes Trygve Wakenshaw’s physical comedy, KRAKEN. Beautifully strange stream of consciousness idiocy. Best Comedy: Adelaide Fringe 2015. Best Comedy: Perth Fringe 2015. Time Out Top 10 Shows 2014. Edinburgh Underbelly Award 2014 ‘Delirious and surreal’ ***** (Age). ‘Blissfully funny’ ***** (Time Out ).”

Trygve WakenshawThere’s not a huge amount to go on there, and even though I’ve also seen the video trailer I’m still left a little in the dark. Mr Wakenshaw looks like a young Terry-Thomas (well, a bit) and it looks as though he keeps us entertained with physical comedy and mime. This is an interesting sentence from his website: “Trygve takes the audience from fun with unicorns, to sword-swallowing, to snake charming, weight-lifting, beatboxing, self-boxing, and the birth of a baby elephant.” That’s some feat of engineering. OK I’m ready for some boxing. The show starts at 18:00 at the Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Button) and if I haven’t been head-butted by a unicorn, I’ll be back with my instant reaction shortly after 7pm. Check back to find out what our next show is too!

Update:

I’m not sure I’ve ever spent an hour in the company of a mime before but Trygve’s show is heaps of fun! I loved how he jumped from tangent to tangent, and the inventiveness of his interaction with the audience was brilliant. Tip: get in the queue early (unlike us) as the venue isn’t great for this type of performance – the rake is quite shallow and you need a clear view to appreciate everything he gets up to! Really enjoyable! 

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