Two Super Super Hot Men, VAULT Festival

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By Evangeline Cullingworth

Hidden away in a soundproofed studio, two moustached men defy Mother Nature. Foley art is shrouded in a sexy mystery. I hear fire crackling, but I see Greggs wrapper. I hear glaciers melting, but I see pinecone. It doesn’t make sense and if I think about it for too long I get sweaty and nervous.

Alan and Ron stare out into the distance beyond our heads, where a screen shows them incredible scenes of ecosystems struggling and collapsing, narrated by a calm and controlled voice. Alan and Ron stare at these scenes and as the destruction is described, they complement the images with sound effects. Alan and Ron take a tea break, but the milk is off and the kettle is full of sand. Hang on. What’s that? Who did that? Alan didn’t do it and Ron didn’t do it, “so then what are we worrying about?”

Two Super Super Hot Men is a masterclass of clowning, using rhythm and absurd humour to confront the failings of hapless humanity. They are bumbling socks and sandal wearing fools, but as Alan and Ron, Alice Boyd and Rosa Garland capture our hearts. They’re definitely not at the front line of the climate crisis, but during the hour they spend with us, they start to cotton on and it’s incredibly warming to see that we can all play a part in fighting for climate justice and a safer future.

This is the debut for Boyd and Garland’s comedy duo, and as two multidisciplinary artists exploring the intersection between performance and activism (Boyd founded Staging Change, an organisation which supports and advocates for artists responding to the climate crisis) they are setting an example of high quality, important and responsive work. It’s an incredible beginning promising a brilliant future, whatever happens outside.

Two Super Super Hot Men runs through 15 March.

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