Summerhall: Dissection Room
Aug 1 – Aug 24
“Any form of intellectual or mental insight or anything which resembles cohesion is quite
unintentional,” so reads the disclaimer on the projection screen which serves as a backdrop to
this slice of absurdist chaos. Imagine what a piece of theatre would look like if David Lynch
and David Byrne met in a pub then used a Ouija board to channel the spirit of Samuel Beckett
and Cabaret Voltaire. Klip is a movement-based, theatre piece of BIG, disparate ideas and in
the true spirit of Theatre of the Absurd there is no clear narrative. At one point, a grown man
irons himself and then tries to persuade the iron to come with him for a walk. Leeks are used
as weapons of assault. Colanders are worn hat-like on heads. A leg of ham is suspended
from the ceiling. A soliloquy is performed on the topic of, “What goes on in a chicken’s
head?” A man is suspended upside down from a harness and stays silently hanging there, as
the audience leave the venue.
Through all the chaos, there appears to be an underlying message conveyed about the
fragmentation of society. In one segment, a man croons a moving ditty over a cacophony
of arguing voices and you can’t help but feel that on some level, there is a nod being made
towards current global conflict versus the smokescreen of light-entertainment shows such as
The Voice and how they are used to distance and pacify us. Intellectual insight achieved.
Company director, Pete Livingstone’s original music is excellent, as is his voice and
soundtracks many a moment of playful madness through the course of proceedings.
Performed by a lesser theatre company, this show might have descended into ‘Legs Akimbo’
style Cringe Fringe, but Livingstone’s Kabinet execute it all with great style and conviction.
As you might have surmised by now, this show is not to be recommended to anyone other
than the seasoned theatre enthusiast and lover of all things wonky, quirky and oddball. It’s
shows like this however, that are the beating heart of the Edinburgh Fringe and embody the
variety-filled spirit of it all. Its 5 stars are richly deserved.FIVE STARS
Reviewer: Gill Monaghan
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