Witt 'n Camp: Swag (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Witt 'n Camp Swag

A mesmerising and nonsensical explosion of fun

You may well leave this show wondering quite what it was that you just saw, but wow, these ladies have skills. This debut Edinburgh show from Charlie Howitt and Holly Campbell is a heady whirlwind mix of musical styles, impeccably coordinated choreography, wry comedy and physical theatre. It does feel that they've thrown all their know-how at it and the result is somewhat nonsensical. But it doesn't matter one bit as the pair are so hugely talented and, overall, the effect is mesmerising.

Beginning as immaculately groomed jazz hipsters they become increasingly dishevelled as the show goes on with the action getting increasingly more frenetic. Along the way, they present duelling opera stars, murderous Irish chickens, oppressive police officers plus a diversion into a bit of cheeky and absurdist burlesque.

Transforming themselves back and forth between personae, they're sexy and sassy one minute, have performed graceful classical operatics the next. Then they're into the haunting folk strains that provide the backdrop to a pair of teary chickens discussing whether the grass really is greener on the other side then listing all the African countries. Does it make any sense? Does it matter? Just immerse yourself in their world for an hour and enjoy it.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 26 Aug, 8pm, £10–£11 (£8–£9).

Witt 'n' Camp: Swag

  • 4 stars

Musical theatre with a dash of clowning, character comedy and cabaret, as the funny double-act celebrate the female identity.