Lady Garden - Top Secret Gig (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Lady Garden - Top Secret Gig

Slightly too fast-paced sketch show

Despite their immaturely provocative title, Lady Garden is six inoffensive Manchester University alumni returning for their third Fringe.

After a disarming and slightly discombobulating false start, we’re whisked off at a fair old pace through a series of sketches. The more successful ones are deliciously surreal, particularly Hannah Dodd’s drawn-out monologues intricately detailing what she almost did, while the secret millionaire whose reward comes steeped in conditions and an Asda employee cult induction ceremony are a little less flighty but very well-crafted.

But most of the sketches feel undeveloped and this is compounded by the rapid switch around. It’s so quick that several skits segue before the obsolete performers have made it off the stage. There are also a couple of poor routines which are ill-advisedly repeated. The success of one such gag rests entirely on a toy helicopter prop, the skilful piloting of which so mesmerised the audience that the joke itself was lost. Twice. There’s great chemistry and much potential, if only these girls could apply a little patience.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 16), 6.20pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

Lady Garden: Top Secret Gig

  • 3 stars

I don't know what you're talking about - what gig? 'One of the most exciting and laugh-out-loud funny young sketch groups' (Tim Arthur, Time Out); 'Naturally funny and cleverly subversive' (Metro); 'Six very fine comic actresses' (Scotsman); 'Frivolous and fun' (; 'Gentle parody, well thought out satire and…