Dick and Dom: Dick v Dom
- David Pollock
- 5 August 2018
Kids TV stars make entertaining Fringe debut
'Ant and Dec are like Waitrose, and we're Lidl,' say Dick and Dom with pride; although to extend the supermarket comparison further, if there's no Waitrose nearby then Lidl will do just fine. Or if Ant and Dec are indisposed and off our television screens for well-documented reasons, then commissioners looking for another much-loved pair of sometime kids' show presenters to make the step up to family work could do worse than Dick and Dom.
The pair – Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood – are best known as the hosts of BBC children's television show Dick and Dom in da Bungalow between 2002 and 2006, and although their star has fallen somewhat since then, the fact this is their first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe still comes as a surprise.
With the large McEwan Hall nearly full just after lunchtime, their gameshow Dick v Dom is a perfect fit for the festival, an audience participation game in which the crowd is split in half and made to contest for each performer. It's the kind of show which is aimed squarely at children, yet skilfully draws on elements of music hall performance, gleeful local radio presentation and postmodern turn-of-the-millennium kids' television, for those who like to spot such influences.
McCourt and Wood are skilled and clever hosts whose preparation and fluency with one another is a rare thing, even when they're orchestrating a pie fight, entreating a pair of dads to drink a baked bean smoothie or asking a couple of mums to literally punch their way out of paper bags. At one point the audience is asked, 'are there any grubby students in who don't have kids but just bought tickets to relive their childhood?' The number of hands raised in the air suggests an older audience is willing the pair on to make a crossover.
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