When the show began, and I realised that three men with six torches were moving in robotic time to techno music, I admit I wasn’t sure this would be my cup of tea. But then, as Erik Rosales cajoled the audience into more and more participation, the mood picked up and my opinion changed.
Assisted by Martin Östman on bass guitar and Henrik Strindberg on drums, the three performers give it their all from start to finish. Funny, skilled and sharply in tune with each other, they create possibly the most unusual and eclectic piece of physical theatre that you are likely to find on the Fringe this year.
With the help of a large screen, fantastically unusual sound effects and a megaphone, the ideas just keep flowing. Highlights include Strindberg performing a brilliant routine on an imaginary set of drums – literally not missing a beat – and the song about "being somebody", performed while taking selfies of the audience, which is so silly it’s brilliant. I don't want to spoil anything, but they have a trick up their sleeves to bring us into the action, and making it look if we had rehearsed together for hours.
But the best bit, for me, is the appearance on the screen of a giant old fashioned break-dance tape deck – complete with start and stop buttons and "taping" devices. I got singled out, offering my name and where I came from. Suffice to say, that became part of a much bigger picture, and had myself and the whole audience in stitches.
That was such a clever idea, and indeed, the whole show is original and full of highly creative concepts. The final few minutes are a particular treat to watch, and the clever combination of the synchronized music with their choreography is truly masterful.
The title says I Am Somebody... and I don't mind saying, these three guys from Sweden are something and somebody for sure. Fabulous.