Dead Cat Bounce
Am-dram antics fall flat
This article is from 2008.
There's an old-fashioned feel to this sketch show, which uses the same hotel bedroom as a backdrop for a set of Goons-style skits. Three American sailors on shore leave burst into knee-slapping golly-gee-whizz song at every opportunity, a ginger man discovers why he'll never make it into MI6, and a Cockney fool brings a peacock to a cock fight. The humour sits somewhere between the Marx Brothers and public schoolboy am-dram, and the competent cast of three bend themselves energetically around a mini-musical about the Irish potato famine (tagline: 'two lovers, one dream, no potatoes'), a scene with three jaded clowns having an argument, or a dying man being cycled around the Alps on a tandem by his long-suffering friend.
Whether or not the humour works depends on theatrical, wholesome, family-friendly comedy being your thing. For anyone who loves it, this is well-acted, fast-paced fun. For the others who don't, it's three talented boys, trying very hard, not getting many laughs and failing to find much common comedy ground.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 24 Aug, 10.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).