Girl and Dean

This article is from 2007.

Sketch duo can’t stop pulling the wool over our eyes

These days everyone wants to use the Fringe as a springboard to fame and fortune. Sketch comedy double act Girl and Dean (aka Jess Ransom and Sarah Dean) may well have their future sorted as they’ll surely be the only Fringe act to be playing the UK Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. ‘It runs for four days and is a knitting Mecca,’ says Dean. ‘They had a knitted opera last year, so they’re quite keen to top that.’

What Ransom and Dean are offering is ‘hand-crafted sketch comedy’ in which all the props are knitted. Having met at a comedy workshop, the duo discovered a shared love of wool and managed to get themselves sponsored by groovy online knitting company Laughing Hens. ‘We both do a lot of cross-stitch and Laughing Hens have given us all this cashmere,’ says Dean. ‘We’re working on leg-warmers for the chairs, knitted wimples for the nuns and there’s a point when I get attacked by a ninja with knitted nunchucks.’ As the Fringe approaches they’ve recruited a network of 50 knitters. ‘There’s a real indie feel to craft now,’ she says. ‘If we could get everyone in the audience to knit and have a cup of tea, that would be quite nice.’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 4–26 Aug (not 13), 12.55pm, £7–£8 (£5.50–£6.50). Previews until 3 Aug, £5.

Girl and Dean

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Sketch duo who can't stop pulling the wool over our eyes. Previews 2-3 Aug. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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