Charlotte Hudson & Leila Hackett

This article is from 2007.

Double act who love the seaside

Charlotte Hudson and Leila Hackett aim to bring audiences a much needed breath of fresh sea air with their show Two Left Hands. The duo derived inspiration for this collection of breezy vignettes from what Hackett describes as ‘the faded seaside towns in England and one in particular which wouldn’t be fair to name’. Hackett, who wrote on Smack the Pony, expands: ‘All of life is at the seaside. That’s a theme of the show.’

Among the characters are a vengeful clairvoyant, based on one that Charlotte Hudson had visited. ‘I kept being asked: “Do you know a Paul, a Graham, a Steve?”’ notes Hudson, whose acting credits include My Hero. ‘I had just graduated from university so all my friends were called Rupert, Sebastian and Dominic. She would turn this around and pretend she knew something you didn’t.’
Hudson believes Two Left Hands mirrors the expectations of their audience. ‘On holiday you eat more fattening food, drink more, and generally anything goes. We want to tap into that feeling of people going up to Edinburgh on their own mini-break, and getting them to see something they wouldn’t normally.’ (Julian Hall)

Pleasance Courtyard, the Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, 4–27 Aug (not 8, 15), 4.45pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50).

Charlotte Hudson and Leila Hackett

  • 4 stars

Sky One's 'Brainiac' presenter Charlotte Hudson teams up with 'Smack the Pony' writer Leila Hackett, in this sketch comedy double act. A slick show devised around strong personalities. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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