Privates: A Sperm Odyssey (2 stars)

This article is from 2019

Privates: A Sperm Odyssey

Richard Braham

Freewheeling chemistry fails to rescue some mediocre sketches

The 'privates' is a trio of comedians (Luke Rollason, Christian Brighty and Tom Curzon) dressed in tight-fitting morph suits in order to resemble sperms for a mock lecture on human reproduction. It's a very Fringe conceit, one that could work as a short sketch but is here dragged out to feature length.

Through a mixture of wordplay, clowning and the use of an overhead projector, the privates muck around loosely, slipping from one routine to another. It's unclear how much is scripted rather than improvised as few of the freewheeling skits really stand up to close scrutiny. Various characters are introduced but each is little more than just a slightly funny voice so there's not much variation in the material.

There's some nice chemistry between the performers and they seem to be having a lot of fun on stage but, despite attempting a degree of audience interaction, they really struggle to connect with the crowd. The trio are unable to capitalise on the few big laughs they do get, and it's a shame when they frequently lose momentum. But there are some nice ideas within the mix, particularly a short sketch imagining the cervix as a bank vault.

Heroes @ Boteco, until 25 Aug (not 14), 5.20pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.

Privates: A Sperm Odyssey

  • 2 stars

Comedy sketch show.