In the search for something more lighthearted at the Edinburgh Fringe, Poltergeist’s Art Heist steps up to the mark.
On initial reflection, it’s just fun. Mad-capped comedy which introduces aspiring art thieves is offered, underpinning potentially deeper questions of what is art, and who determines its value.
The humour come through comedic outfits, a clever scripts interweaving the stories of the art thieves and audience involvement. Much laughter is created through the clever use of cameras on stage.
The cast excels. From the affable yet incompetent security guard to each of the three art thieves. Each takes the humour with due care and attention, ensuring the buffoonery is all embracing within the context of the simple yet complex art heist. This is choreography at its best, timed to land perfectly with the audience.
From Mission Impossible tension, to walking up the sides of building lying down, there is laughter in masses. As the sought-after piece of art is within grasp so comes the question of what it means to life.
With many other productions around the Fringe offering the more explicit offer of exploring pertinent issues, Art Heist feels optional. It’s one to take away to ponder. Or not. You could just have the fun of taking an hour for some enjoyable, eccentric comedy.
Art Heist is at the Underbelly Cowgate as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can see the production at 13.55 until Sunday 25th August.
Disclosure: This review is part of media accreditation for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All views and opinions contained are my own.