It’s impossible not to admire the hard-working, multi-talented Koreans who perform in the energetic shows like Breakout (2007), Jump (2002), and, the original, Nanta (1997), which is currently showing at the Rose Theatre. And it’s impossible not to be entertained.
There’s probably little to say about Nanta which hasn’t already been said. The performers are outstanding all-round entertainers. While the show is built around percussion, there’s slapstick, singing in four-part harmony, comic martial arts, some rather dangerous knife-work, lots of audience participation, juggling, more slapstick, the ribbon-hat dance, more music, a certain amount of cooking and even some simple magic tricks.
Catch Nanta while you can in the ideal space of the Rose Theatre, where everyone is close to the performers. If you don’t mind the risk of being hauled up on stage, sit in the stalls – or take a cushion and sit on the floor. Otherwise, the best place is in the middle of the Circle. The show lasts about an hour and a half, without interval. It really is a fun evening out, and a festive centrepiece for the 3rd New Malden Arts Festival.
Till 27 June.