Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage

Dark and daft songs from sibling musical duo

Yes, they are real sisters, but no, that's not their real names: Flo and Joan are their grandmother and her sister's names, which they thoughtfully pointed out to the man who messaged them online to generously offer them a threesome. Nicola and Rosie Dempsey have a silky-smooth, sarcastic hour of dark, daft songs to deliver, using tongue-twistery lyrics and some of the (considerable) skills they picked up from their school music lessons.

Nicola (dark-haired, with glasses and a deadpan Daria-style cartoon resentment) has a droning voice and limited emotional range, although once or twice lifts an eyebrow for maximum impact, while Rosie (blonde, much more chipper, but occasionally flashing some seething passive aggression) leads most of the singsongs.

Their tunes cover high divorce rates (that's one they play when they get invited to friends' weddings), Doritos' inspired (and face-palmingly real) plans to release special handbag-sized crisps for ladies, and a remarkable woman called Carol who packs cream crackers faster than anyone else in the factory but has a scathing dickhead of a husband back home. If you don't manage to catch their Fringe run (it's selling out and they're adding extra shows to keep up with demand), you can get a hold of their slick nonsense online.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 4pm; Pleasance Dome, 24 & 25 Aug, 8.20pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).

Flo & Joan

  • 4 stars

Musical comedy from sisters Flo and Joan.