Oropax – Chaos Royal
It wasn’t the usual start to proceedings for the Tipi’s resident Hausdame, Marlene Deluxe, when her nightly “Welcome to the Tipi/ please extinguish the candles/switch off mobile phones/ thank you to the sponsors and have a lovely evening” speech was derailed by the arrival on-stage of the Oropax crew – the chaos had begun!
Sets are positioned, props arrive, lights are adjusted and an announcement made on how late the show will actually begin… It doesn’t of course.
Brothers Volker & Thomas Martins are exceptional, gifted performers and a joy to watch. With a 30-year history of performing and 20 years as a duo, the jokes, puns and absurd comedy characters come thick and fast.
It felt, at times, like a combination of the physicality of a young Reeves & Mortimer combined with the dense and layered wordplay of Round The Horne – with a lot of toilet gags thrown in for good measure.
It is, however, not a show for non-native German speakers – when your native-German, fluent-English companion explains that you need to know about a 1960s Czech children’s TV character to get the joke, you know you are out of your depth!
(pic – Tipi am Kanzleramt)
A thoroughly enjoyable if, at times, mystifying evening and the full-house audience on the first night were hooked-in right from the start.
14. January – 2. February 2015 (not Jan 25th)
Tues – Sat 20:00, entry from 18:30
Sun 19:00, entry from 17:30
Tickets: € 16,60 – 29,50
Concessions: € 12,50