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Fringe review: Playlight Robbery @ Just the Tonic at the Caves


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Improv comedy troupe Hivemind invite you to bring flyers for other shows, then they will choose one to perform – based only on the flyer. 

It takes a lot to be able to completely improvise an hour-long show, but Hivemind do it fantastically. The flyer that was chosen for our performance was advertising a show called Breathing Corpses, a murder mystery of sorts, consisting of a lot of interconnecting stories all featuring a corpse. Each actor played a number of different characters, with some jumping in and out of characters in the same scene, and it was truly fascinating and entertaining to watch.

The show was accompanied by a piano player, who adjusted the tone of the music to whatever was happening in a certain scene. Playing without music and improvising alongside the actors, it was very impressive and added a lot to the show.

Every actor managed to keep a straight face and kept on their toes in every scene. The show itself, Breathing Corpses, had a  well tied-together plot and each interconnecting story linked at the end and built up to an exciting finale. Although a little messy at times, it was incredibly well done and very funny.

On a whole, Playlight Robbery is an exciting and new idea that is executed in a funny and professional way. Every show is different, since they are putting on a different play, so you’re truly in for a treat (and you can help decide what show they choose by bringing some flyers)!

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