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Tears of Laughter – The Umbilical Brothers, Speedmouse

The Umbilical BrothersI’ve watched live shows by The Umbilical Brothers time now. The first time was to see KiDSHoW (not for kids), and more recently, I got the distinct pleasure of viewing Speedmouse. Words can’t explain how hard I laughed.

Speedmouse by The Umbilical Brothers has been around for years. In fact, it was the first show of theirs that I watched on TV. On a VCR to be more specific (yes, it’s been that long)! But their latest show at The Adelaide Fringe took a well-known and beloved comedy and twisted it into a modern context.

I’ve never been a huge fan of mime or alternate theatre – I’ve always needed a little help visualising the actors’ world. It’s also much easier to engage when there are a range of objects and colour s to grab my attention. Even some comedians can be a little tedious to watch – staring at a single person for an hour can get more than a little tedious (at least for me). However, the brilliant vocalisations of Shane Dundas and David Collins bought an entire world to life for an hour and a half. That, and the changes in lighting styles throughout the show made me feel like I was in a porno, one with the dinosaurs and underwater.

Personal ImagesThe ability of the Umbilical Brothers to draw their audience in with their VERY quirky sense of humour and ability to bring a stage to life is well known. But, their ability to adapt and change their shows, to keep creating new material is what keeps the audiences coming back again and again and again. It’s certainly what keeps me coming back! Whether it’s pooping in a new Australian political comment, using the latest pop song or complaining about the latest news; Speedmouse 2.0 was a brilliant show full of laughter and tears (of laughter).

Yet another amazing experience at the theatre with The Umbilical Brothers. If you are looking for a good night out and want to laugh, and possibly pee yourself a little, then I’d recommend heading out to a show by David Collins, Shane Dundas, and of course, the very creepy Roadie. And if you can’t find one in your local area, why not head down to your local did store and watch them from the comfort of your own home?

Image source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Image source: Taken by author

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