Dog-Eared Collective (2 stars)

An apocalyptic oddity about The End

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This article is from 2009.

Dog-Eared Collective

Ni-Nightline helpline workers Paul, Jean, Karen and Kimberley apply their C (confidentiality) U (understanding) P (positivity) philosophy to the possibility of the apocalypse occurring in the ensuing hour. And so the four whisk their way through end-of-the-world scenarios warning that the animals might take over, while the recession is dispelled via the medium of role-play and there’s a vision of the future as seen by an 11-year-old schoolgirl.

The latest show by the foursome is a hotchpotch of barmy ideas, which wouldn’t be a problem but for the fact that the writing doesn’t carry it. It’s a shame as such is the charm of the performers that you want to like their efforts and there are occasional moments where they get the absurd touches just right. But sadly these are few and far between with too much reliance on gurning and shouting where they could have put their energies into writing a tighter script. Sadly the legacy of the likes of The Boosh have made it look all too easy when oddball comedy is actually as carefully crafted as anything else.

Underbelly, 08445 458 252, until 30 Aug (not 19), 2.30pm, £6.50–£10 (£8–£9).

This article is from 2009.

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