Radio Hoohah preview

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Radio Hoohah

Double act go on a twisted adventure around the airwaves

Dubbed a ‘French and Saunders for the Facebook generation’, Octavia Mackenzie and Ashley McGuire are known in Fringe circles for their surreal spin on the everyday, from death to ‘the absurdity of Britain’s class system’ (find ‘Kensington Rhyming Slang’ on YouTube).

This year’s show, Radio Hoohah, is an absurdist take on the world of radio. ‘We both love surreal humour, as well as a bit of darkness, and we wanted the chance to explore our childish side too,’ says McGuire. ‘We love Radio 4, but it’s also a goldmine for comic ideas. There are some programmes on there that are unintentionally absurd, and we wanted to highlight that. And we just love the idea of an audience having to pretend they are at a radio studio, coming to watch some live recordings where things get a little twisted.’

With Anne Widdecombe on a Notting Hill Carnival float, an octogenarian romance novelist reading her latest book in cockney rhyming slang and Leonora Velvety Constable-Wheeler’s tales of being stuck in the loo and having her skirt accidentally tucked into her vagina, it sounds deliciously so.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 16, 23), 6.50pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews 4–6 Aug, £5.