Siblings: Acting Out (2 stars)

This article is from 2018

Siblings: Acting Out

Lily Bertrand-Webb

Incomplete and clumsy sketches ruin some potential

Acting Out is an hour-long sketch comedy that has real-life sisters Marina and Maddy Bye drawing on the familiar trope of the squabbling, competitive siblings. Forever trying to outshine the other in any manner possible, the show opens in darkness, with the sisters reciting their own dramatic asides in turn, lighting up their faces with handheld torches in purposely exaggerated fashion.

The duo's brand of sketch comedy and clowning is certainly endearing, as they play off each other's energy in a way that draws attention to their natural partnership. But their characters and ideas seem to lack development overall, with each sketch feeling distractingly clumsy and closing in a manner that appears incomplete in most cases.

The skit in which they play out the disgustingly posh-mum stereotype, pulling elastic bands over their heads to contort their faces, is amusing at first but gradually descends into what feels like an overdone gag. There are also times where the sisters break out in giggles, momentarily taking the audience out of their surreal world. Still, there are genuinely funny elements of Acting Out, which emphasise a potential that has perhaps not fully been reached here.

Underbelly George Square, until 27 Aug, 6.40pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Siblings: Acting Out

  • 2 stars

Maddy and Marina Bye with Mandy Ward Artist Management After a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, part-time character comedians and full-time sisters Maddy and Marina Bye are coming back for another bite of the cherry, this time with Gaulier-trained clowning (no pie), intensely serious acting (some pie) and a…