Tango Apocalypso, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Strangers on a train take the tango on a voyage of discovery
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The Shysters are first and foremost a group of actors, their learning disabilities kept firmly out of the spotlight.

The Shysters are first and foremost a group of actors, their learning disabilities kept firmly out of the spotlight.

Their latest show, Tango Apocalypso, a mix of dance, mime and theatre, is a kaleidoscope of intriguing scenarios based around a carriage of strangers on a train. Brief encounters unwind with precision and passion. The performers take us on a voyage of discovery that is affecting, engrossing and touching.

From tiny details to bigger gestures Tango Apocalypso is presented with terrific commitment, Richard Hayhow's direction drawing big-hearted performances from the eight actors. A powerfully evocative soundtrack dictates the show's pace as well as the rhythm of the unfolding narrative, combining sensuous slow-jam classics with sexy tangos. This, along with images of intimate exchanges on the dance-floor, nifty acrobatics, and flashes of quite sinister humour, sticks in the mind. Those that left during this mesmerising and strangely haunting show probably thought from its title and publicity that they were in for an hour of revelatory tango of a quite different nature.

To 15 August; call 0131 228 1404; and at UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1 from 18-28 August, 020 7388 8822

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