The Delightful Sausage: Regeneration Game
- Katharine Gemmell
- 23 August 2018
Trippy madness that beguiles and baffles
To say that comedy duo Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill aren't here to be serious is an understatement. Gledhill, who is wearing a hot-dog costume for reasons unknown, and Cantrill warmly welcome the audience by announcing that we are now at the meeting of the Precinct of Wider Ickleton Community Saviours; otherwise known as PWICS. What happens next is an hour of surreal sketch comedy that verges on trippy madness.
The sketch follows their bid to make Wider Ickleton the next City of Culture and relies heavily on malapropism, puns, gags about the North, and making fun of provincial living. When a routine ventures out of the community centre and into a camping trip, complete with a monster named Mr Tinnitus, you wonder how the hell they got there.
The pair's chemistry pulls the show along when the thread of the theme seems to weave out of control. Even so, they revel in each other's jokes so much, you begin to wonder whether that's part of the show or if they really find each other that funny. Regeneration Game has a sparky and bizarre lunacy that is both baffling and beguiling.
Monkey Barrel, until 26 Aug, noon, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.