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Fringe Festival Part 2: Shoshinz and Cherry Typhoon

Posted by Sarah / June 18, 2008

ShoshinzThe Fringe madness continues and one of my favorite thing about this festival is that I get to check out unique acts that I probably wouldn't get the chance to see otherwise. Last night I saw Shoshinz and Cherry Typhoon and their comedy act all the way from Japan. This is a short and slightly strange show featuring dancing, miming, singing and even a little burlesque.

Shoshinz is a dynamic duo that present an act that seems right out of the Charlie Chaplin era. They pull it off with flying colours. With their talent for connecting with the crowd and really great wordless expression, I'd stick a smiley face on their report card for sure. Something must be said for the wordless acts: truth is, it doesn't always work and there's an increased difficulty when you're trying to connect with a foreign culture from the stage. Shoshinz actually do pull off the theatrical "tour de force".

The act features two lovely mischievous girls dressed up in maid outfits and mime makeup along with their sidekick, Cherry Typhoon who constantly changes costumes. The show is pretty great, and it's not exactly the kind of quirky humour you get to see every day. The acting is really great and the girls have a real knack for making you laugh with the oddest things.Their facial and body expressions are really great. Taking it from a friend who lives there at the moment, Japan's a pretty strange place, and the cultural differences between here and there are a world away. One more reason why I think it's so great that the crowd was really getting into it and laughing from beginning to end.

If you get a chance, you should definitely try to get out there and see those girls in action. Shoshinz and Cherry Typhoon is a spicy Japanese act that's definitely worth seeing. They even have cute Japanese merch for sale.

Photo provided by SarahBrideau.com

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