Sleeping Trees: World Tour (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Sleeping Trees: World Tour

credit: Mark Dawson

Simple yet highly crafted escapist comedy

A samba song sets a high-pace for this year's offering from the Sleeping Trees trio, which opens with a series of 'sketch drama' scenes. You might not expect much from pieces entitled 'the man who was terrible at making lasagne' or 'crisps', but you'll struggle to not find them funny.

John Woodburn, Joshua George Smith and James Dunnell-Smith know exactly what they are doing, with an effortless comedic timing that takes years to master. The temptation to run their material dry is never there, as they expertly move from sketch to sketch, cutting them short just at the right moment to leave the audience wanting more. The thread that runs through the hour is that of a failed world tour: as these friends prepare to embark on a global showcase of their talent, their plane threatens to crash. From there on out, you can hear tales of pyramid schemes in Egypt, foiled kidnappings in Hawaii, and the unlikely saving of a mythological race.

With so many comedians resorting to the current political climate for their material, Sleeping Trees step away from all that, keeping audiences on their toes with unexpected twists and turns in their entertaining, polished storytelling. If it wasn't for a musical number involving walls, you might even forget the state the world is in.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 26 Aug, 9.40pm, £11–£13 (£10–£12).

Sleeping Trees: World Tour

  • 4 stars

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