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The Boy With Tape On His Face
“The Boy With Tape on His Face is utterly spectacular! Endlessly inventive, hysterically funny. Sublime physical lunacy – fight for a ticket.” – Tim Arthur, Time Out
Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking – drama with no acting. The Boy has to be seen to be believed. A former circus and street performer in his native New Zealand, Sam Wills began performing as the unique silent stand up, The Boy With Tape On His Face in 2008. A runaway success in the Antipodes, racking up multiple award winning performances, including ‘Best Show’, ‘Best Show Concept’, ‘People’s Choice’, and a nomination for ‘Best Newcomer’ at Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Now living in the UK, ‘The Boy’ brought his magical brand of physical comedy and unbelievable feats of the imagination to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, where the show was an unmitigated debut success, receiving a Foster’s Award nomination for Best Newcomer. 2011’s Fringe show brought a bigger venue and a sold out run, as the The Boy’s universal appeal began to spread to previously uncharted territory. Following a UK tour of his seminal show, Wills returned to Edinburgh with new physical japery in the form of ‘More Tape’. Selling out the 750-seater Pleasance Grand on a nightly basis, it was clear to see that The Boy was having the show of the Fringe. His appeal having transcended boundaries of age, language and culture, it was no surprise to see him receive the Fosters Panel Award and eleven 5 star reviews.
“It’s a pleasure to see great vaudevillian routines reinvented and invested with real personality…. Wills is the last word in silent comedy” – The Guardian
“A truly magical experience” – Chortle
“A deliciously skillful hour, some of the set pieces are simply joyous, sometimes mesmerising” -The Times