Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents:
THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE: MORE TAPE
25th JUNE – 14th JULY – UDDERBELLY FESTIVAL, SOUTHBANK
Boasting a unique blend of stand-up comedy, mime, vaudeville and puppetry, The Boy With Tape On His Face was the runaway hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, 2011 and 2010. He just completed a phenomenally successful 22 date West End run at The Duchess Theatre and now he brings this critically acclaimed show ‘The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape’ to this year’s Udderbelly Festival at Southbank.
After appearances at the Royal Variety Performance, BBC Comedy Proms with Tim Minchin at the Royal Albert Hall and on ITV’s Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford it would appear the sky is the limit for this utterly unique comedy phenomenon.
The brainchild of New Zealand stand-up Sam Wills, The Boy appeals to audiences of all ages – this charming character opens up a world of beguiling mime, hilarious puppetry, willing audience participation & the undeniable power of gaffer-tape. The silent world inherent in Wills’ shows is perfect antidote to the plethora of motor mouth comics who tend to dominate the circuit. Non-stop talking was in fact how Wills started out; a successful stand-up and street performer, his comedy was already getting attention before he came up with The Boy, mainly to challenge himself to stage a show without words. What started as a challenge quickly grew into a global phenomenon, leading to awards, stellar reviews, sell-out tours in the UK and New Zealand, high profile television appearances and even a video game & pilot for the BBC. His debut show scooped a myriad of five star reviews and an Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for best newcomer as well as the international tour of the UK, Ireland, Europe & South Africa being an instant sell out. Beautiful, uplifting and uniquely hilarious, The Boy With Tape On His Face harks back to an innocent bygone era, yet remains totally of its time and one of the most strikingly original shows out there. Mime with noise, stand-up without the words, drama with no acting. This show speaks for itself.
“Sublime” EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE ✭✭✭✭✭
“This is comedy in its purest, simplest form” FEST ✭✭✭✭
‘…A slapstick virtuoso.’ THE LIST ✭✭✭✭✭
‘…Wills is the last word in silent comedy.’ GUARDIAN ✭✭✭✭
‘…His eyes are amazing; he could probably do the whole show in a balaclava and still make you laugh.’ SCOTSMAN ✭✭✭✭
“There are very few shows out there as purely enjoyable as this.”
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS ★★★★★
“How best to describe Wills’ incredible, uplifting talent? It’s beyond words.”
‘…something delightfully close to a one-man carnival.’
DAILY TELEGRAPH ✭✭✭✭
“…simply spectacular, warranting the standing ovation”
DATES: 25th June – 14th July @ 7pm, except Saturdays & Sundays @6pm
BOOK ONLINE AT: www.underbelly.co.uk
SEE THE BOY FOR YOURSELF:
ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLs6eULXDqc