Paper World

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 August, 2005, 12:00am

Tomorrow-Sat, 7.30pm; Sun, 3pm

Sai wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre

No, this show isn't just for children, despite being part of this year's International Arts Carnival.

Paper World is for anyone who wants to rediscover their childhood and, well, go completely crazy. After seeing it at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, one British theatre critic wrote that it was amazing how quickly mature grown-ups revert to their pre-school years given the chance to throw paper around and make a huge mess.

'Clowns and me are not a good combination,' she wrote. 'They don't like the fact I am an old grump, and I get irritated by the way they try too hard. But this Ukrainian quartet, each with their distinct personality, melted my stony heart.'

Mimirichi Clowns and Pantomime Theatre comprises Andrii Gonsales, Oleksandr Perehuda, Igor Ivashchenko and Mykola Odrekhivsky - and they're totally wacky.

Mimirichi means 'rich for mimics'. In Paper World, the clowns show that they have a knack for turning a pile of everyday waste paper into every- thing from dramatic backdrops to imaginative props.

Using origami and physical horseplay punctuated with rhythmic mime and ridicule, the production also carries an underlying message: that we should be more environmentally conscious. Despite the amount of paper used in this show, the programme says that 'all paper consumed in this performance will be collected for recycling'.

Founded in Kiev in the mid-1980s, the company carved out a place for itself after it took its show Moscow Lights on tour in Germany in 1989. It has since performed, with success, a series of works across Europe, Japan and South America.

Mimirichi is considered to be one of the few theatre groups active in clowning and miming and has won awards at international competitions and festivals in Russia, Germany, Spain, Latvia and Britain.

Paper World was named the best show at last year's Edinburgh Fringe by British newspaper The Guardian.

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