Enter The Dragons (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Enter The Dragons

credit: A&E Comedy @ Georgia Apsion

Sketch fun that caters for an ignored demographic

Imagine a version of Eat Pray Love in which Julia Roberts is a menopausal Frodo and you'll be halfway towards an idea of what Enter the Dragons is like. Double act Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards offer up a tale of adventure, self-discovery and courage in the face of Oil of Olay for women who are grappling with ageing and the impossible demands of society: if you have plastic surgery you're trying too hard; if you don't you've let yourself go.

The story unfolds in a series of sketches which takes the audience through silliness as well as more serious meditations on the challenges facing middle-aged women as well as a rousing song about how to react to it all. Their crone characters are a highlight – any moment they are onstage is a joy – and the long-armed one has a delightful touch of Sue White from Green Wing about her.

The rapport between the pair is believably antagonistic, with their bickering reminiscent of comedy duos like French and Saunders. This show is not just for women of a certain age, but it is nice to see something created by and for a demographic that is often ignored.

Pleasance Dome, until 27 Aug (not 13), 4.10pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).

Enter the Dragons

  • 4 stars

Surreal sketch comedy about the pressures that face women as they age.