Opened 6 June 2017, Closed 22 July 2017 at the Garrick Theatre
Silent comedian Tape Face in London for a strictly limited seven week season
It's the show that's got everyone talking... except for him. Funny, magical, innovative, spectacular and inspiring, this is stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting, punchlines with no words, a one-man show that speaks for itself.
Tape Face AKA The Boy With Tape on His Face AKA Sam Wills, is a New Zealand-born street entertainer, who created the mute Tape Face back in 2005 since when he has garnered acclaim from around the world including seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - winning Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2012 - he was invited to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in 2011 and his television special The Tape Face Tapes was broadcast on the BBC in July 2012. He was also a finalist on America's Got Talent 2016. The Boy With Tape On His Face enjoyed a sell-out Christmas season of 22 performances at the Duchess Theatre from 17 December 2012 through to 5 January 2013. PLEASE NOTE: The age recommendation for this show is 12 and above.
"There's been a lot of talk about The Boy With Tape On His Face - for the past three years he's been an Edinburgh Fringe favourite and has even popped up on the Royal Variety Performance. Yet the 'Boy' himself doesn' say a word - for his 75-minute show, the mouth of New Zealander Sam Wills is firmly duct-taped closed so his years of clowning training can come to the fore. But if the 'c' word makes you baulk, panic not - this is clowning with a deviant, playful edge... What you will need to brace yourself for, however, is a lot of audience interaction: Wills loves to wordlessly drag people up on stage, coaxing them to get up close and personal and play with his toys. And, most of the time, it works a treat, with Wills warmly teasing out the unpredictable side of human nature as he works hard to make sure his guinea pigs are, in fact, the heroes of the hour." The Metro
"It would be a shame to give too much away about the routines: so much of the pleasure here is in first wondering what the Boy and his press-ganged volunteers are up to and then seeing the payoff and going: Yeah! I get it now! That's SUPERB! The Boy is a genial figure but also, crucially, very much in charge. Though Sam Wills has increased his scale and upped his game with routines that are both more original and more spectacular than before, it's still his personal charisma that makes this fly. A shake of his head or a furrowing of his brow speaks volumes. Take the routine in which a pair of oven gloves stand in for Diana Ross and Lionel Richie singing Endless Love. Kids' stuff. But look at Wills's eyes, look how he acts being startled, then embarrassed, then bored, then alarmed again. Look how much belief he lends it all. A constant soundtrack, going from the ethereal to the hard-rocking, helps to sustain the spell... This Boy is going places." The Times
Tape Face in London at the Garrick Theatre opened on 6 June 2017 and closed on 22 July 2017.