Visual feast full of laughs
IT’S pure joy to fall under the spell of Slava the clown. Wearing his bright yellow baggy jumpsuit, red fluffy shoes and round red nose, Slava, star of the multi-awardwinning Slava’s Snowshow, has all the trademarks of a clown – a sad clown with a balding head, dishevelled grey hair and black eyes. The man behind the make-up is famed Russian Slava Polunin. He is joined by a crew of about six other daggy clowns dressed in long green coats and funny hats. Visually Slava’s Snowshow is a treat with plenty of dry-ice smoke, thousands of bubbles, helium balloons, and buckets and buckets of confetti. The spider web and blizzard scenes are out of this world. The music is powerful and moving and the clowns’ sound-effects clever and amusing. These clowns have perfected the art of slowmotion and their use of mime is exceptional. A word of advice – don’t leave your seat during intermission – what the clowns get up to in the break is a show in itself.
– JULIA CARLISLE Slava’s Snowshow plays QPAC, Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre, from Wednesday until June 30.