"A feast for the eyes!"
by Lauren Jenkins for remotegoat on 08/03/15

If you go down to the Waterloo vaults today you are sure of a big surprise, for the delightful Superbolt theatre have chosen to make this hidden spot their new home and see them you must. Conceived and performed entirely by this international ensemble, their ability to tell wonderfully simple stories infused with the obscure, is a joy to behold.

Jurassic Park is the fourth instalment from this fledgling company. The performance sees single father Terry and his children Noah and Jade invite the audience to watch a screening of their favourite family film Jurassic Park. When the tape is lost, the family, begin to tell the story themselves, which in turn reveals their own tale of family angst and upset. This is an energetic, eclectic feast for the eyes and another triumph for this dynamic trio. Although a seemingly bizarre partnership, Jurassic Park is the perfect story to juxtapose with the subtle nuance of family relationships, as the film is so riddled with nostalgia, whatever your age!

Throughout Jurassic Park, the trio cleverly manipulate their scene selection, merging the two stories seamlessly and organically; one minute the audience are watching the dino team observing a sick Triceratops (breathing in and out – you know the one!) which slowly transforms into their late mothers hospital bed. This was a very tender moment, however in true Superbolt fashion, the poignancy was not dwelled upon, but punctuated by sensitive comedy, as the liquid tones of Gjerløw and Maeder serenade Askew, as surly daughter Jade, with the ukulele and the catchy melody of ‘Bye Triceratops’ (which I have been humming ever since). You are made immediately aware that you are witnessing a master class in storytelling and characterisation.

Jurassic Park it is a clever choice for a company who pride themselves on their use of physicality and homemade props to bring a story to life; Superbolt are the very antithesis of a blockbuster movie and yet still succeed in capturing the spirit of this classic. A Spielberg budget they have not, and yet the way they use their bodies, voices and clever everyday props to conjure up those well-known scenes, shows exceptional performance ability and awareness.

For example, everyone who has seen the film knows the terrifying moment when footsteps of T-Rex can be felt vibrating through the ground of a rain soaked night, yet there would be few who would believe you could recreate this moment without the aid of impressive CGI effects. Superbolt do so however, with nothing more than a torch and a backpack; a triumph of theatrical imagination, and there are many more inspired moments in between!

As the Jurassic Park retelling comes towards an end you realise that the formerly tempestuous relationship between the three characters has softened as the family skip merrily off stage together. This seems a very fitting end for a company whose strength and unity is through story telling and is a wonderful analogy for arts on the whole.

Superbolt are a triple threat in every sense of the word, they have a unique ability to transcend from the downright nonsensical, to the beautifully emotional; taking their audience on a remarkable journey of discovery but above all else unashamed fun. If you haven’t already seen this company in action I implore you to do so before they head to Edinburgh and the secret is out!

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