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Colors’ ingenious conceit is to bring each colour of an artist’s palette – red, green, blue, black and yellow – to life. Each presents its own big showbiz routine as they jostle for the top position of being the artist’s most important pigment. Red is fiery and dangerous; Green is full of life and nature; Black looks like a Neil Gaiman villain in top hat and frilly coat; Blue is slower, calmer, aquatic; and Yellow is simply shiny and sunny.

Each colour is flanked by an elaborate retinue of fellow performers. Green is joined by dancers dressed, respectively, as a pea-pod, a grasshopper and a leaf, who all gyrate to a big, brassy soundtrack, whilst another, who is dressed as a frog, break-dances. Yellow is abetted by a constellation of rollerblading suns, who themselves have suns for hands. Lavish does not quite cover it. The children in the audience find the sound and spectacle utterly absorbing, all happily clapping and singing along. There are games, questions and puzzles too – usually delivered by the artist, who probes us for summaries of what has happened; tests our knowledge of the objects explored and asks us to identify various silhouetted shapes.

As well as being educative, Colors is also didactic. That all colours are equally important demonstrates a moral message that is made repeatedly and explicitly: we are all equal and should learn to work in harmony. This would have been supported further by a bigger routine at the show’s conclusion that included all of the colours. As it is, their joint number is much smaller and less impressive than the tours-de-force of the individual colours’ separate routines.

The show’s message of equality is also undermined somewhat by the play’s gender roles: the colours, who are all female, are initially rebellious. When their male artist waves his magic wand-like paint brush they become giggly, girly and more classically feminine; and are brought immediately to heel. A plodding storytelling segment towards the end, which has the children fidgeting in their seats, further prevents it from reaching the perfection to which it admirably strives.

Still, Colors is undoubtedly impressive. It will help children make connections between colour, shape, movement and emotion; and enhance their wonder about the world and all its hues.

Herald Scotland

Much more methodically planned and expertly choreographed was the excellent and, quite frankly, breathtakingly weird, Colors, by Russian company Moscow Theatre Kurage. A simple pretence of an artist trying to decide which of his palette to use unleashes a colourful torrent of tap dancing, singing, shadow puppets and the most pleasantly confounding absurdity. This show is a riot. Ingenious set pieces and costumes add to the bewildering, over-the-top, freewheeling feel of this wonderful show. Each “color” in the palette is given a fierce personality, and along with the heavy Slavic accents, proclamations like “I am the SUN among you” take on a powerful and hilarious portent. Red’s dramatic and frantic dancing (complete with shouting, turbaned back-up dancers,) sets the tone. The glorious weirdness really takes hold as Green and her many friends (Peas in a Pod, Grasshopper, Leaf and Frog,) frantically gyrate to frenetic drumbeats and saxophone music. A beautiful calm descends as Blue in her undersea world (a very effective transparent tarpaulin,) lulls us into a reverie. And then it’s back to the crazy world of the studio, where the artist gradually restores calm. Judging from the chorus of eager tiny voices calling out answers to the questions, Colors is a hit with the little people, and parents will get a kick out of it too.

Theatre Courage - Russia


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Thurs 6th Aug - Sat 22nd 4.05pm

(no performances on 11th or 17th)
(50 mins)

From Russia

In the studio of a painter, miraculously the colors revive, and he, together with kids, is going to create a picture using live colors.

Everything goes smoothly until the colors start arguing which one is the best among them. What color will the kids choose? And what is the painter decision?

You’ll find out at the end of the show!

Vivid, colorful, musical, dance-acrobatic, interactive, family show Colors will give you and your kids unforgettable impression, that won’t leave you indifferent to genuine values: friendship, tolerance, equality of rights, understanding and, undoubtedly, love to the world.

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£6.00 (£4.00 Concession) (£16.00 family of 4)

Preview £4 on Thurs 6th Aug
Group discount: 10% off for groups of 10+

Friends of Fringe: 2 for 1 anytime – only available from Fringe Box Office

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