Anna and Helen: Stuck In A Rat
- Murray Robertson
- 14 August 2019
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).