Anna and Helen: Stuck In A Rat (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Anna and Helen: Stuck In A Rat

Inventive fun which eventually brings those less convinced fully onboard

In this debut Fringe show, Anna O'Grady and Helen Cripps purport to help their audience better themselves. Using a mixture of sketch, song and very gentle audience participation, they demonstrate how they've managed to improve their own lives, and explain how they plan to shake things up for us. The performers share an endearing chemistry which they deliberately skew with off-kilter timing, mock irritation and faux fall-outs. It takes a while to warm up the reserved crowd in today, but O'Grady and Cripps persist with their inventive fun. Meanwhile, a technical fault brings even the most ardent straggler onboard.

A sequence of sketches in which they use pre-recorded video to double themselves up into a foursome provides some of their biggest laughs, and further platforms their uncanny timing. And a word association game combines some of their most impressive skills with a piece of fine crowd work. Stuck in a Rat isn't hugely original nor is it persistently funny but it is certainly good fun. O'Grady and Cripps are both charismatic performers and great company, and it would be interesting to see them focusing on their strengths and working with a more consistent script.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 5.45pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).

Anna and Helen: Stuck in a Rat

  • 3 stars

Fight in the Dog in association with United Agents Ever found yourself stuck in a rat? Unpleasant, isn't it? Time marches on, but you're on the spot. Not even marching. Very still. Stagnating, even. Stuck in that rat. We've all been there. Join Anna O'Grady and Helen Cripps in their debut show for a chance of getting out.