A Lot of Nerve (1 star)

This article is from 2009.

A Lot of Nerve

Cabaret in a world of its own

Cabaret in a world of its own

Picture the scene – you and your friends have had a bit too much to drink, you shimmy over to the stereo, pick out a choice tune and turn your living room into a bespoke cabaret joint. Great fun, but when morning comes, you’re well aware that nobody, other than another drunk person, found your movement, meanderings and melodies remotely funny or entertaining.

Well, somewhere along the line, duo Martha & Arthur forgot to do that last bit – and decided instead to make a career out it. A Lot Of Nerve is an utterly bizarre melange of reasonable dancing, poor vocals, insane costumes, lip-synching and entirely random text. There are no apparent links holding the material together, other than an overarching disregard for the audience.

Who is this for? And why aren’t Martha & Arthur using their dancing ability in a more accessible, crowd-pleasing way? A Lot Of Nerve? To charge for this, yes, I rather think they have.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17, 24), 10.50pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£6.50–£7.50).

Lot of Nerve

  • 1 star

Caustic cabaret combines with dynamic dance, dark humour and decadence to explode the myths of showbiz. Following their journey form child star to has-been, with moments of backstage back stabbing, humorous humiliation and the trials and tribulations of life in the spotlight. Sort of like Gene Kelly meeting Sid James at a…


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