BRUCE – #EdFringe

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Expectations: 4/5
Reality Rating: 3/5
Fidget Factor: 0.6

Another multirole play production at the Edinburgh Fringe, this time the star is simply a sponge. Bruce the Sponge and his network of porous friends are brought to life with an extensive range of character voices and a pair of white gloved hands.

Creator, Tim Watts, uses observational comedy to create this piece, extremely obvious observational comedy. From job, to marriage, to having a baby, Bruce encounters the worries, fumbles and chaos of becoming a responsible adult. Unexpectedly shot up in to space, Bruce becomes a time traveller, the consequence – a very drawn out storyline, where the audience lose enthusiasm for the piece. The production is lighthearted and fun but needs no thought and lots of concentration from it’s audience.

There is no justification for the puppet to be a sponge during this story. Bruce the Sponge seems to exist in the human world rather than a sponge filled universe, there is little comedy made around the fact that Bruce is a sponge and therefore he could be a cabbage, or a tin, or a shoe! Why a sponge?

There are moments of comic genius with creations of one eyed enemies and wise old scrubbers but Bruce doesn’t absorb it’s audience as much as expected.

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Rosie Snell fell in love with Asian theatre and devising while completing her degree in Theatre Arts, Directing. After university, she worked in the West End before taking on a role outside the arts industry. Missing the magic of theatre, she founded her blog Scatter Of Opinion in February 2015. I hope to bring on more guest reviewers to the blog this year. She reviews shows big and small and, with the help of collaborator Greg Spong, accompanies each post with an original illustration. She tweets via @ScatterOpinion.

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Rosie Snell fell in love with Asian theatre and devising while completing her degree in Theatre Arts, Directing. After university, she worked in the West End before taking on a role outside the arts industry. Missing the magic of theatre, she founded her blog Scatter Of Opinion in February 2015. I hope to bring on more guest reviewers to the blog this year. She reviews shows big and small and, with the help of collaborator Greg Spong, accompanies each post with an original illustration. She tweets via @ScatterOpinion.

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