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Four things you missed at Fireman

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If you are looking for a laugh or are into abs, you missed out big time.

The cast of Fireman set the stage on fire, both literally and figuratively.

Held at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp last weekend, the 80-minute non-verbal performance from South Korea tells the story of the challenges faced by different firefighters training to become firemen. The performance incorporates elements of parkour, martial arts, breakdance, acrobatics, and slapstick humour.

Here are the four things you missed from the the action-packed showcase.

1. A ball of laughter

Initially, I was intimidated by the cast of Fireman, who appeared cool yet hostile in the posters. However, my first impression slipped off the moment they appeared on stage. Some of them were even unafraid to embarrass themselves just to bring joy to the audience!

Humour was the main highlight of the show. I was impressed by how each character managed to show off their distinct personalities that carried them throughout the whole show without the use of speech.

Who would have expected this expressive bunch to elicit roars of laughter in a crowd of hundreds?

Emotions
THE CAST MEMBERS' ACTIONS AND EMOTIONS WERE ON POINT.

2. Audience interaction

Not many performances allow the audience to play a part in the story.

Fireman, however, called a member of the audience on stage to play the role of a flower boy's new found love. Without going overboard, the cast fooled around beside her and incorporated her into the story seamlessly.

She was not the only one involved in the interaction.

Towards the end of the show, there was a shower of confetti, toilet paper and dry ice, which got us partying in our seats, along with the cast on stage.

Aftermath of confetti party
HERE'S THE AFTERMATH OF THE CONFETTI SHOWER.

The atmosphere was instantly lifted up as the whole theatre was left looking like a confetti battleground. Cleaning up after the show would really be a chore, though.

3. One word: Abs!

Fire was not the only thing that left us feeling hot in our seats. Both the male and female cast members boasted lean figures that motivated us to resume our workout regimes.

Their abs may be attention grabbing, but don’t worry, they kept it PG-13.

4. Cool stunts

Since the show did not incorporate any form of speech, the performance compensated by packing in lots of heart stopping action.

Working with the little stage space they had, the cast members moved their own props around and did some parkour stunts. We were often left in awe with their cool flips across the stage.

My only complaint? The stunts felt a tad repetitive towards the end of the show, and left us yearning for more tricks that could take our breath away.

Stunts
THE FIREMEN USED THEIR STUNTS, STAGE SET UP, AND PROPS TO TELL THEIR STORY.
PHOTO CREDITS: MEDIACORP

Nevertheless, Fireman is a great show to catch if you want to get a good laugh after a long and tiring week.

If you didn't catch them last weekend, I'm sorry to say, you were missing out.