Boris & Sergey : Preposterous Improvisation Experiment
Omnitorium,. George Square Gardens
Ratings **** (from seven)
The Omintorium is a funky wee venue tucked behind the grey building that houses the main George Square Theatre. Look down as you head into one of the big shows and you’ll see a venue that has the air of vaudeville next to a double decker bus, while the bar area has bus seats to relax on.
Step inside and you’ll find some smashing shows, including this late evening improv puppetry.
It’s the perfect venue for their off-the-cuff humour - intimate, warm and lit like an old-syle touring emporium.
The show consists of two puppets six agile, quick-thinking, talented puppeteers, and the imagination of the audiences to craft the storylines..
They are already gathered around the table as you enter and grab a chair or share a bench, browsing a paper and chatting among themselves until everyone is settled.
Showtime and they engage the audience from the very start, setting our the plan for the next hour which is basically to wing it.
And so the plots are fleshed out by suggestions from the audience, no matter how offbeat - an ‘alligator prostitute’ walking along ‘Spectacle Street’ to encounter Donald Trump was just one bonkers setlist thrown at them, while ‘death by paper aeroplane’ delivered complete mayhem.
It’s a credit to their sharpness and craft that they make sense of it all, and deliver some daft but laugh out loud situations with two puppets that have no faces and yet, somehow, become more and more lifelike as the show develops.
They also invite the audience to chuck personal items on to the table for use as props.
They got everything from a mobile phone to lipstick to a bottle or orange juice which was happily tipped over one of the puppeteers heads for fun!
And they make great use of the small venue, running among the crowd, making them very much part of the show.
Somehow it all ends in mass murder with a body count higher than an episode of Midsumer Murders - even those watching were among the cull!
As much as this is an improv show, it also has a clear structure and a late evening gem well worth seeking out just away from the bright lights and buzz of George Square .
And where else would you get to sit outdoors on a double decker bus seat before show time?
Run ends August 28