Moon: We Cannot Get Out
- Brian Donaldson
- 12 August 2019
Duo's sinister set-ups sadly slip away
Like Noble & Silver with boiler suits, the Moon boys are looking to mess with the double-act form. Producing neatly written and deftly performed mini-bits which play around with the idea of what a sketch can be is all well and good, but where their forebears were genuinely subversive, creating often mind-altering experiences, Jack Chisnall and Joshua Dolphin deliver a personable hour with the occasional strong idea.
The conceit for We Cannot Get Out is that the room they're operating in is playing tricks on them, leading to some dark exchanges. The notion is well set-up and there are successful sketches, such as the flaws in cryogenically freezing a war hero or the man who questions how a car showroom can possibly work, both of which have a creepy menace within their inherent silliness.
But the mysterious atmosphere which has been cultivated fades away by the end, with the pair totally switching off from the unhinged stage selves that had been threatening to topple over into an apocalyptic oblivion a few minutes prior. Now off the clock, they calmly thank us for our attendance and politely request we chuck some money into the charity bucket outside. Talk about breaking the spell.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug (not 12), 9.30pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50).