This latest production from Berlin-based Familie Floz is difficult to define. It’s described as “mask theatre”, but is so much more.
Put simply, it consists of four actors playing over 25 different characters, wearing masks which are almost grotesque in appearance. The show is at times very funny and also at other times poignant and moving. It is a mixture of mime, visual comedy, and slapstick, with split-second timing throughout.
The entire show is set in the entrance lobby of Hotel Paradiso, a somewhat run-down family hotel in an Alpine resort, where the proprietors and staff have many a dark secret.
The main characters include a kleptomaniac maid and a chef with some unusual meats on the menu.
Despite not a word being spoken and there being no facial movements in these solid masks, you can feel the emotions of the characters, which is a tribute to the incredible skills of the performers.
Definitely a show not to miss.
Hotel Paradiso continues at the Pleasance until 31st August.
For more information about the company, visit www.floez.net