The Confetti Maker
The Lowry, 11 February 2012
He creates fake snow-flakes, or are they granules of sunlight?
At the centre of this comedic work is a ‘little man’, a downtrodden character like the ones Norman Wisdom or Jerry Lewis used to specialise in playing, who assiduously cuts up paper to make confetti in some ‘70s-style factory. There are lashings of physical comedy, some dancing and juggling (‘the instant engendering form and form making the instant visible’ as a philosophical poet once put it) and a waxing of verbal wit, including a Shakespeare soliloquy.
This leaves out mention of the puppetry – and a sorry tale of love lost it is that’s told. But it is a lot to take in, my pretties, it’s quite a ride.
The show will appeal to children as well as grown-ups with child-like hearts. And those hearts will surely swell.