Review: Bug#3

Simon ParkinA night watching music videos in a theatre doesn't sound like the description of the most promising of evenings, but it belies the simple appeal of Bug, which manages to mix comedy, music and film into something so simple you wonder why no one thought of it before.Simon Parkin

Norwich Playhouse

A night watching music videos in a theatre doesn't sound like the description of the most promising of evenings, but it belies the simple appeal of Bug, which somehow manages to mix comedy, music and film into something so simple you wonder why no one thought of it before.

Bug began as a showcase of new, rare and cutting edge videos at the BFI on London's South Bank, which quickly began to drew big crowds of hipsters and budding filmmakers.


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The nights are hosted by comedian Adam Buxton - one half of the excellent Adam and Joe, Radio 6's funniest DJs - who lucky for us happens to live in Norfolk. So Norwich gets the only regional off-shoot. This was the third, the previous two being so popular that it is now running over two nights.

What it isn't, despite its sub-title, The Evolution of Music Video, is a history of MTV fodder. Instead it's more a chance to see the work of hugely-talented directors and videos you just otherwise wouldn't see - unless you go trawling the neither reaches of YouTube. If you do, perhaps you were responsible for some of the weird, wacky and often hilarious debate postings picked out by Adam.

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Some chosen videos were clever and award-winning - like Shynola's chalk pavement masterpiece for Coldplay's Strawberry Swing, for example.

Others were beautiful in their intricate construction - a surreal plasticine riot by Allison Schulnik for Grizzly Bear's Ready, Able, so beautiful it may make your chest hurt, according to one excited YouTube poster.

Some were just downright bizarre, like Eric Wareheim's surreal hyperactive bump and grind take on Major Lazor's Jamaican dancehall riddims.

Throw in a few of Adam's own comic creations and you've got the perfect night in with a mate watching some great videos. If you're mate just happens to be a top comedian anyway.

t Bug also takes place on January 4 at Norwich Playhouse from 8pm. More details on 01603 598598.

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