Manhunt 2: Big Mood
- Brian Donaldson
- 23 August 2019
This article is from 2019
A pleasingly jolly pair with a sketchy tale of showbusiness aspirations
It's not the only comedy sketch show at this year's Fringe to follow the story of would-be acting pals who had a big falling out and are thrown together a few years later to compete or collaborate for an audition. As the countdown to their interviews approach, we learn a few more details about the pair (played by Emmeline Downie and Leo Reich), but more importantly, they dip into a series of skits which reflect their pasts as well as the situation they are now in.
There's very little subtlety at play here, and too often the skits are hammed up to be largely unwatchable, but when they get it right, the effect can be uproarious. There's one fine gag about ET and another line in response to the standard 'what's your biggest weakness?' interview question that hits home. As the story moves on, they may insist that they 'come as a pair: that's non-negotiable', but you sense they would happily twist the knife into one another's backs in order to get ahead in the business. The moments of improvisation from two appealing performers are among the better bits here and with a trimming of ten minutes or so from the script, this could be a more pared-down triumph.
Bedlam Theatre, until 25 Aug, 8pm, £10 (£8).