The sold out opening show of Snafu Dance’s latest Fringe show Snack Music was a who’s who of Fringe in the audience. Performers and fans alike flocked to the theatre to see what the creators of the critically acclaimed Little Orange Man and Kitt & Jane shows had in store for them this year. The theatre felt like it was one big giant family sharing a reunion together over small snack foods and a love for all things theatre. The atmosphere was one of excitement, joy and anticipation and the show hadn’t even started yet.
Ingrid Hanson, and her fellow Snafu cast mates, Andrew Young & Elliott Loran are just so much damn fun and their energy levels are through the roof. They are the types of people who you sit there watching perform saying to yourself, I wish they were my best friend! Snack Music is different than the other Snafu shows that we’ve grown accustomed to, and it works so well.
Throughout the hour show Ingrid, Andrew & Elliott share comical, yet raw and emotional stories from their lives. These stories are stories that help define them and make them the people they are today. The best part about these stories is that they are all being acted out in the background by puppets made of kitchen utensils, vegetables and a live musical soundtrack, sometimes with instrumentation, other times a capella.
To help build and create the community and family vibe that was quite evident from the audience at the beginning of the show, Snack Music isn’t just about Ingrid, Andrew & Elliott’s stories, it’s about everyone’s stories. Throughout the show members of the audience can come down, share a 2 minute story about their lives and then Andrew & Ingrid will act them out using inanimate objects as puppets while Elliott provides the live musical soundtrack.
The cast of Snack Music is a dream cast. They are all very physical, engaging no matter what they do on stage, clever and quick on their feet. Snack Music is an absolute riot that’s full of laughs and you wish just didn’t have to end.
If you are not seeing this show during its Fringe run you are seriously doing yourself a disservice.
Simon’s 2 Cents: Eccentricity! Electricity! You have to joyously experience this!