Pros: Charming, hilarious clowns, who also happen to be virtuoso musicians.
Cons: The section with the projection didn’t work well, and made the energy drop.
The sketches and musical numbers were hilarious, and showcased Wëreldbänd’s USP; between them they’ve mastered over 200 musical instruments. The stage was covered with them, from tiny squeeze boxes to a self-playing piano. Many had been cleverly adapted, and there were great surprise moments when trombones became flutes, and classical guitars were flipped over to reveal mandolins. Wëreldbänd’s act is in the Music Hall/Vaudeville tradition, so there was lots of variety, with a thread of innocent bizarre silliness running through everything. The barbershop quartet were inspired, doing acapella covers of contemporary pop hits, in German, and with a straight face. It reminded me of the song round on Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue; sheer silliness which makes your sides ache with laughter.
There were touching moments too. A doddery old clown who forgot the words to (what else?) Unforgettable was helped by his friends and there was a marvellous slapstick finale. This was fractionally spoilt by the unexpected and unnecessary incorporation of a projection, but as the pillows flew all was forgiven. With their impressive range of skills and eccentric imaginations, Wëreldbänd’s magical musical world is a place to lose yourself for an hour and leave with your heart lightened.
Conceived, directed, and performed by: Wëreldbänd. R. Krauss, W. van Baarsen, R. Bosman, S. van Delft, J. Bittman.
Box Office: 0131 226 0000
Booking Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/wereldband-slapstick
Booking Until: 27th August 2017