Mr Danger’s Really Safe Show, a one man comedy family show for all ages performed by Sam Quinn, is a clowning dare devil performance show, using puppetry, wacky tricks and plenty of sound effects to entertain its audience of primarily under-9s and their parents.
Mr Danger is a dare devil in training, under the teaching of Master Bang, an evil black cloaked puppet with a claw. He had an accident during one of his last performances. Will we ever find out exactly what happened and why his tricks shouldn’t be tried at home? Maybe we’ll never know.
Quinn has the energy of rocket fuel, whizzing around the tent with wide eyes and a selection of voices. He bravely captures a big blob of poo with a black plastic bag with dramatic cartoon-esque music as accompaniment. He walks around with a metal detector, bleeping it against volunteers from the audience, before scanning it over a mysteriously placed bag and finding…a spoon. Then…a bigger spoon. Then…a really big spoon. And finally…a bomb! Which he sort of defuses successfully; that is, no one is hurt anyway.
Some of the children looked utterly confused at some of the humour. Perhaps they were watching in awe and amazement. Or perhaps they were wondering why Mr Danger was asking them to pass a banana through the audience and trying to work out what Holland and Barrett is. There’s quite a few jokes for parents, but as one parent I spoke to at the end said, the show had a bit of a slow start and took a while to get going; the second half of the show seemed to be more entertaining than the first. Some of the jokes seem oddly pitched; even the fart joke didn’t get much of a laugh. And I wonder how much six and seven year olds know about twitter; there are quite a few references but weren’t many laughs.
There isn’t much live interaction during the show, it sort of goes on regardless of its audience, which make the interruptions when audience are coming and going a little jarring as Quinn has to drop the character to sort out logistics of finding chairs and closing the tent. The gun at the end seems quite out of place for a children’s show and is just a little unnecessary really.
All that said, the show was never short of volunteers and the children generally seemed happy when I asked them what they thought at the end. The dare devil training storyline held the basic dramatic function that any good show, regardless of its audience, needs, and all in all this is a good bit of fun for a sunny afternoon in Edinburgh.