Sex Shells (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Sex Shells

credit: Tom & Denelle Ellis

Great songs but lacklustre sketches from talented trio

Sex Shells, London's campest comedy cabaret trio, is comprised of Dr LeStrange, Callum Mac and That Woman Rosie. They appear on stage as a riot of glitter and fabulous costumes, with Dr LeStrange in a wheelchair after breaking his ankle in three places. This is the first night they've performed with the addition of a wheelchair, and while it doesn't hamper their fantastic vocal performances, you get the feeling there would usually be more of a physical element to the show, with dancing probably accompanying the tunes.

They showcase their talents for singing a range of tunes. Some are covers of classics, including rewritings of 'I Will Survive' and 'Beauty School Dropout' from Grease, whilst they've penned a few numbers themselves. The subject matters are as diverse as the tunes themselves, ranging from how to be an ally, to the dangers of climate change. The songs are fantastic, with witty lyrics and fantastic performances from all three members. Where the hour falls short, however, is with the sketches in between the musical moments. These pieces don't stand up to the humour of the songs, and generally fall flat with the audience, who can't get enough of the rest of the show.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug, 9pm, £11 (£10).

Sex Shells

  • 3 stars

Fresh from their sell-out Soho Theatre run, London’s campest musical sketch comedy threesome is here to flame on your parade! Sex Shells is an explosion of original music, surreal sketches, wayward choreography and twisted rewrites of hits from pop, Disney and the musicals. Sexy and subversive, the Shells bring their…