Andy and Mike's… Big Box of Bananas (4 stars)

Fun and frolics in the fun pad


This article is from 2009.

Andy and Mike's . . . Big Box of Bananas

The power of children’s TV was always going to ensure that CBeebies presenter, Andy Day found an audience at the Fringe – and a big one at that. What’s pleasing, therefore, is that it’s thoroughly deserved. Day and his partner in silliness, Mike James have created an hour of off-beat mayhem that would appeal to pretty much any age.

Finding a large box in their ‘fun pad’, the guys set off on a journey to uncover the password which will enable them to open it. Entrusting us, the audience, as house sitters while they’re gone. We’re also charged with monitoring their dreams – which become increasingly bonkers as the show progresses – in the hope of finding said password within them.

And, of course, anything can happen in a dream – giving the duo license to turn the daftness up a level by dressing as air hostesses, pirates and contestants on ‘Ocean’s Got Talent’, an underwater TV show. The show’s structure may appear hap-hazard, but the duo’s rapport with the audience, witty dialogue, energy and drive is right on the money.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 23 Aug, 12.50pm, £8 (£6).

Andy and Mike's … Big Box of Bananas

  • 4 stars

A mysterious, magical box appears, but to open it, CBeebies presenter Andy Day and comedy partner Michael James must take the journey of their life! Come and find out what's inside!


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