Movie mayhem confronts workplace monotony in a show that took the world’s biggest festival by storm. And it’s coming to The Grand Theatre in August.
It’s a huge coup for the venue, and is one of the highlights of the Blackpool summer season alongside Mamma Mia!
The show, which took the Edinburgh Festival by storm, is called BLAM! and is a breathtaking display of physical feats based on iconic blockbuster movies, but set in the mundane surroundings of an office.
Four office workers (Hero, Geek, Boss and Hulk) liven up their dull routine by playing tricks on each other. What starts off with flicking paperclips descends into a riotous spectacle as the workers become more and more adventurous in their imagination.
Described by the creators as ‘Die Hard meets The Office’, they transform the workplace into a world of superheroes, aliens and classic movie villains.
BLAM! was created by Kristján Ingimarsson, originally from Iceland but now living in Denmark, and his physical theatre company, Neander.
“I was at this point in my life where I needed to do a show where I could just have fun. I like experimental, physical theatre, but I wanted to make a comedy that everyone could understand,” he said.
“I discovered this bunch of great guys with different physical skills and made the show. I wanted to present a form that everyone would recognise
“Movie language is international, it’s so well understood, and so is the language of the office – a workplace everyone knows. But what happens when we mix these two recognisable worlds together?”
The show had been touring for a year, playing to sell-out audiences and picking up critical acclaim and awards, before a three-week run in Edinburgh last year brought it to international attention.
It has since played in London’s West End, toured all over Europe and comes to Blackpool for its only UK dates in 2014. An American tour is being planned.
For the Grand Theatre, it is the perfect show to help chief executive Ruth Eastwood achieve her aim of bringing new people into the theatre.
The show is the first joint venture between the Grand and LeftCoast, the Arts Council England funded programme designed to inspire more people in Blackpool and Wyre to experience the arts.
Michael Trainor, artistic director of LeftCoast, said: “I saw the show in Edinburgh and was completely blown away, so I was delighted when Ruth approached me to see if we could work together on bringing it to Blackpool.
“Attracting such a company to Blackpool fits with our shared ambition to enable local people to see the very best of the world.
“It’s a situation that everybody recognises – doing things when the boss’s back is turned. But this show takes that to awe-inspiring extremes.”
The show is running at different times throughout the run, so people can see it at a time that suits them best. And as part of LeftCoast’s contribution to the show, residents of Blackpool Borough and Wyre Council can buy tickets at a specially discounted price of £15, a saving of £4.50.
You can see a preview of the show at www.blamblackpool.co.uk. You can also like BLAM! on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/blamblackpool or follow on Twitter @blamblackpool.
The show is on at The Grand from Wednesday August 20 to Saturday 31.
For more information, or to buy tickets, go to www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call 01253 743342.