- Yasmin Sulaiman
- 22 August 2019
Feminist, spooky sketch comedy falls short
'Vic & Bob do The Crucible' is how A&E Comedy describe the style of this Fringe show. There's definitely something in these shenanigans that is Shooting Stars-like, but lacklustre punchlines and scene changes that drag means Witch Hunt fails to reach the giddy heights of the best silly sketch shows at the festival.
It begins promisingly enough as we're greeted by two gnarled, cloaked witches who set the spooky scene, before bounding into a fairytale-like world littered with a chauvinist wolf, a sexbot Red Riding Hood, poetry-wielding ladies, and a couple of tiny naked puppets. All in all, it's a fun collection of characters, but Witch Hunt is bogged down by a constant carousel of scene and costume changes that mean we never really get to spend long enough with any of this duo's creations.
A&E's Emma Edwards and Abigail Dooley are natural comic performers and here they're directed by Fringe and West End veteran Cal McCrystal. Their musical offerings and a particularly exposing magic trick go down well, and underneath it all there's a rousing feminist message attempting to pin everything together. But without a strong structure to the show, it gets a little lost. With a little more polish to its physical comedy and a touch more bite to the writing, Witch Hunt could use slapstick and satire as an effective tool to skewer the patriarchy. Right now, it's too baggy to make an impact.
Pleasance Dome, until 26 Aug, 5.30pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).