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The Edinburgh Fringe is one of those legendary festivals with an influence that seems to pop up everywhere, which is unsurprising due to the staggering amount of shows put on during the season. In 2012 the festival played host to over 2,695 shows from over forty seven counties. In 2013 The Edinburgh Fringe Festival was shaken up, torn apart and filled with a burst of jolted energy by the hit show Blam! This mile-a-minute show, filled with laughs and film trivia, appears to fit right into the Fringe mould, blazing in with a jolting anarchic vibe. If you don’t know, Blam! is a show about doing the nine to five and bursting through the boredom by re-creating scenes from movies.  It features inventive recreations such as machine gun staplers and post-it-note super-villains.Blam image by Søren Meisner

From 20 to 31 August Blackpool is getting its very own slice of Fringe magic as Blam! comes to the Blackpool Grand Theatre. Walking around the Grand Theatre, it’s hard to ignore the green, white and black posters for Blam! Intuitively, it would appear hard to capture physical theatre of this kind in a still image, but the essence of Blam! seeps through in this striking poster. The man jumps into the air; suit wrapped loosely around his stretched and twisted limbs, his hair runs amok, gelled with a thickly applied substance that bounces up towards the viewer. Around the central figure sprawl the other performers. Work attire thrown to the wind, and with an enviable sense of freedom and joy, Blam! appears to be a bubble of comedy at which it is hard not to crack a smile.

Blam image by Søren Meisner2The Grand Theatre’s Chief Executive Ruth Eastwood said, “Blam! is pure Edinburgh Festival – fast moving, funny, exhilarating and quite frankly, excellent. So when I saw it last year, I knew I wanted to treat the Grand’s audience to this amazing show and, with the help of Left Coast, I’ve been able to do just that, securing the only UK dates for this international smash hit.”

For those of us who do not have the opportunity to venture to Edinburgh for the bustling Festival, the Grand is the place to be this summer to catch a bit of kinetic Fringe energy. In fact the Grand is the only place to see this explosive show this year. Do not miss out on this opportunity, and stay tuned to altBlackpool for an interview with the cast, later this week.

 

Tickets for Blam! are available from the Grand Theatre website or by phoning the box office on (01253)  290190.  Tickets are priced at £19.50. Over 60s, under 26 yrs, disabled and jobseekers can buy tickets for £12.50 and Blackpool Borough and Wyre Council residents get in for £15.  See the website for details.

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