A House in Asia (4 stars)

A House in Asia

Agrupación Señor Serrano's manipulate show lassoes big ideas

Fusing masculine archetypes like the cigarette advertising legend Marlboro Man, cowboys and melodramatic matinee idols with the real horrors of conflict and venture capitalism, Agrupación Señor Serrano's manipulate show very much captures the zeitgeist, connecting contemporary warfare to the values of consumerism and the myth-making machine of Hollywood.

There are many chilling moments here, with the faceless nature of corruption addressed in the form of an eerily-lit cowboy who sits still centre stage. Scenes of war, both recent and historical, become a creepy kaleidoscope, suggesting both that all wars are part of an ongoing offensive, or that they are connected through a false mythology of good against evil.The repetition of glitchy dialogue and visuals emulate a collective obsession with watching 24-hour news channels and social media and the distancing effect of such an addiction.

Darkly satirical, the tension only briefly diffused by references to the Marx Brothers, bullish rhetoric and a line-dance routine. The whole is like a Cassetteboy mash-up with visuals from Jake and Dinos Chapman's war period. Both in the richness of ideas and its skilled manipulation of theatrical and video technique, A House in Asia is a hard-hitting and strident piece of visual theatre.

Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, run ended

A House in Asia

Geronimo is hiding in a house in Pakistan. An exact copy of that house stands in a military base in North Carolina, USA. A film is being shot in a second exact copy of that house in Jordan. Three houses, three realities, but only one of them is true. The largest manhunt in history. A sheriff obsessed with a white whale.

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