Berlin

Blue Man Group, Berlin

My boyfriend and I have been together for some time now, and I’ve learnt in that time that when he suggests something that sounds initially like I’m going to hate, it usually ends up being really fun.

So when he suggested going to see the Blue Man Group in Berlin, I wasn’t sure. I love the idea of watching the show, but I’m really not a fan of interactive shows where I spend the whole time worrying that someone will drag me onto the stage. Reservations aside, we booked the tickets. In fact, due to my boyfriend’s insistence, we actually booked seats in the ‘splash zone’. Oh goodness.

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Everything was blue!

So come the evening of the show, we made our way to the Bluemax in Potsdamer Platz. I tried to wear what I thought I wouldn’t mind being ruined, but found to my delight that they actually gave us ponchos. I must have looked like a right loser, because I tried to tuck as much of myself into the poncho as possible. This was more difficult than it sounds as I was sporting a rather large bun, and the hood just wouldn’t stay up. I was absolutely convinced we were going to get covered in paint.

There’s no photography allowed, but to be honest, I wouldn’t have wanted to risk my camera getting covered in paint anyway. Anyone who’s heard of the Blue Man Group probably knows what they’re about, but I’ll give you a quick idea anyway. First things first, they come out and play a few instruments – some more mainstream than others – all covered in paint, which sprays into the audience. Then they grab a few unsuspecting audience members to take part in a couple of sketches. The whole show is about an hour long, but feels like you’re in there for about 15 minutes.

As far as I’m concerned, we were quite lucky. We were sat in the third row, and barely got anything on us :). Those in the rows in front of us weren’t covered too much either, with just a few splats among them. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, and I don’t want to give too much away in case you want to go to their show, but audience interaction is key for the shows. Although I’m sure if you showed you didn’t want to go they’d leave you be. There’s a great deal of humour involved, so it’s like having 3 shows for the price of 1 – humour, music and art.

This is definitely something I’m glad I had the chance to experience, and I’d definitely recommend it.

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After the show.

Tips

  • In my experience, it wasn’t worth paying extra to sit where we did – only the first 2 rows at our show were splashed and the view was the same from the whole place.
  • Don’t worry about seeing a show in another country, we saw it in Germany and they had the warm-up in English as well as German. Other than that there’s no talking, so you don’t have to worry about not understanding and not getting the humour.
  • Even though it’s no photos, the guys come out at the end of the show so you can have a picture with them then.
  • The nearest U-Bahn and overground station is Potsdamer Platz.
  • There are plenty of restaurants nearby, and a shopping centre if you want to make a whole day of it.
  • It’s fun! Just go with the flow and enjoy it, it’s definitely something different…
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