Bryony Twydle: Flamingo
- Brian Donaldson
- 26 August 2018
Solo sketch work doesn't quite fly
With a coat-stand of costumes awaiting in the corner of her room, Bryony Twydle launches herself into a full-throttle multi-character show with a few highlights lurking amid an hour of so-so solo work. Member of The Jest sketch team, Twydle's show only really comes to life when she introduces us to her troubled and naïve public schoolboy Hector, who tragically fails to see that he's being neglected by his mother. In a very neat twist, we later witness her side of the story as she carries on with her self-absorbed life despite having a child in need. And there's an enjoyable finale with Hector having his moment in the sun which requires the practical assistance of two audience members to be able to pull it off.
Sadly, the other creations are a little too stock and obvious to match Hector's appeal, with the fading celebrity shopping-channel presenter or the speed-awareness instructor or the cackling Hollywood veteran failing to eke out much comedy from their humdrum scenarios. Twydle has a confidence and verve about her, and with better writing or other acts to bounce off, she definitely has a show to be proud of. But it's not necessarily Flamingo.
Underbelly Bristo Square, until 27 Aug, 8.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).