Alex and Helen's Radio Nowhere

This article is from 2009

Footlights duo with Facebook-inspired character tale

Alex and Helen are naive. Their plan to find stardom by broadcasting a radio show to a hamlet of only ten people forms the basis for Alex and Helen’s Radio Nowhere, which, as the writers/performers explain, is off the map in more ways than one.

‘They’re completely deluded – which is always fun,’ says co-creator Alex Nash who, alongside comedy partner Helen Cripps, developed the show from some playful video diaries on Facebook. Somewhere between a sitcom and sketch show, Cripps explains the duo play ‘versions of ourselves and a number of different characters, so there is a lot of variety throughout the show.’

Both Cambridge Footlight graduates, Nash and Cripps first performed together last year in their play, Happy Now. But the pair were less than chuffed about some of the ‘free fringe’ attitude.

‘Even members of the venue staff were walking across the stage during the performance!’ says Cripps who is most recognisable from her appearances on BBC3’s universally panned Horne and Corden.

‘Like any sketch show, there are ones you really like and ones that aren’t your cup of tea,’ she says diplomatically. Let’s hope that Alex and Helen’s particular brand of comedy is a little more palatable.

The Caves, 208 0882, 8–30 Aug (not 18), 3pm, £8.50 (£7.50). Previews 6&7 Aug, £6.50 (£5.50).

Alex And Helen's Radio Nowhere

  • 3 stars

Alex and Helen have ideas above their (radio) station. They make a show only ten people hear. That's only nineteen ears mind; Malcolm's missing one. Alex Nash and Helen Cripps present a comedy about communication.

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