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Published by: Kirstie Niland on 21st Aug 2014 | View all blogs by Kirstie Niland

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

20th August

Three suits in an office supervised by their boss, no script, and 75 minutes to go. Death by post-it note? Absolutely! And it couldn’t be more exciting.


It’s been described as “Die Hard meets The Office” and has received the stamp of approval by Ricky Gervais himself. And my 12-year-old son.

“One of the greatest, most exciting and brilliant shows I have ever seen,” said Ricky.

“Fantastic! Never seen anything like it. Couldn’t take my eyes away from the stage,” said Cameron.

Before Blackpool, BLAM! has wowed audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and London’s Peacock Theatre, and the Grand Theatre was chosen to host the only UK dates for 2014.

This ingenious action adventure stage show stars a group of wage slaves who invent a game called BLAM! to transform a dreary existence chained to their desks into movie mayhem.

In short, just what you’d expect if you confined four bored but imaginative and acrobatic man-boys to an office and left them unsupervised. The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Rambo and a Wolverine with pencil blades, battling it out over post-it note poker, shoot-outs with coat stands and a car chase on office chairs.

Oh, and a cute love interest in the form of a water cooler made leggy with desktop lamps.


Mix that up with trapezing from the fluorescent ceiling lights, a spot of ballet with Miss Water Cooler, her disastrous demise after the heroes fight over her, and valiant attempts to revive her on the operating (office trolley) table, and you have it all. Comedy, pathos, tragedy and a final musical crescendo and dance routine to Highway to Hell.

Just your typical day at the office really.

BLAM!’s incredibly agile actors keep the audience riveted through wordless slapstick scenes reminiscent of comedy legends such as the Pink Panther’s Cato and Clouseau, and Basil Fawlty.


Office plant hats off to Kristján Ingimarsson, the creator of this breathtaking, breakneck explosion of jaw-dropping physical feats.

If you need a break from office politics, get yourself down to the Grand Theatre and find out how to get BLAMMING! Your working day will never be the same again.

BLAM! runs until 31st August. Tickets on, or from the Grand Centre Box Office on 01253 743338.


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Sounds amazing, Kirstie! National tour, please!
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