Blub Blub is described in the show copy as being about two fish “One is jumping on a trampoline to escape, while the other is trying to break the wall. To make it even more complicated, they fall in love for no reason”. After reading that I just knew I had to check this one out.
Slightly OCD loner fish Better is unexpectedly provided a tank mate in the form of Betty, a passionate and headstrong (literally) female who disrupts the equilibrium of his world.
Charming and slightly bonkers family friendly Korean theatre, Blub Blub is delightfully lo-fi and creative. The set is provided by an overhead projector and some fish tank weeds cut out of plastic film, the sound from a melodica and other bits and bobs on a table set to the side of the stage. Plus of course, a small trampoline. The fishy headpieces are bubble wrap stuffed with colourful fabric/paper, topped with shredded plastic bag plumes. At one point they stop for a rest and ‘smoke’ pipes that blow bubbles.
Some of the sections and performance really land and some less so – potentially a difference in culture and live art traditions could be to blame. At its heart it is quite a simple and endearing story inventively explored, however at times the conflict between the characters and the large characterisation and performance style detracts.
The performers (both the two fish on stage and the music and visuals from side stage, who take on their own characters and interact with the action from time to time) are enjoyable to watch. A special mention is warranted for performer and choreographer Kim Min whose isolations and flexibility were remarkable.
Overall it was a pleasant way to spend an hour and certainly unique.
Directed and written by Cho Yeeun
Music composed by Park Jinho
Visuals by Shin Eunhye
Lighting design by Kim Sohyun
Sound design by Patch Middleton
Choreographed by Kim Min
Translated by Cho Helen
Video director Lee Inkyu
Actors Hyon Chaeah & Kim Min
Blub blub will be continuing its run at Summerhall until 27 August 2023 at 14:00 daily. You can book your tickets via The Ed Fringe or Summerhall