“Best of” shows are always worrying when they blip on our radar, often they’re a quick hour that can be scrambled together giving reasoning to pop up to the Fringe for a few dates. Thankfully, Tape Face isn’t one of these.
Returning to Pleasance’s The Grand for the first time since 2013, a lot has happened to the artist formally known as The Boy With Tape On His Face, including being propelled into the spotlight thanks to America’s Got Talent. But what’s changed?
Secrecy is still the key, the set ups land infinitely better while you’re still in the dark of what’s coming. While featuring some old material (it is a “best of” show after all), it’s all been reworked in tandem with the production values being multiplied by an extortionate number, possibly as a result of it’s recent West End run. The set design is elegant, the sound is always on key to evoke the reaction it intends, and surprisingly, the lighting adds way more than you’d expect.
If there’s a more “Fringe” show out there this year, then be sure to bring them to us because this is the pinnacle of variety.
Tape Face is on at 9.40pm everyday (not 15th) at the Pleasance Courtyard until the 27th August