Delete The Banjax
- Brian Donaldson
- 13 August 2010
This article is from 2010.
Hyped foursome not quite there yet
Having won over the crowds at last year’s Free Fringe, much was expected of Delete the Banjax with this, their debut paid-for August show. But as much as the quartet try, and boy do they try hard, their Pappy-like mucking-about and wild-eyed enthusiasm don’t quite save the day. Without resorting to colour-coded garments, as a collective they do have a reasonably distinctive look (a beardy, a lady, a gawky tall one and a gawkier, even taller one), and the foursome eke as much as fun as they can out of their actorly and musical talents, greeting the audience like long-lost chums. Such an opening could have led to an intriguing dark twist; but no, it seems they were just greeting us like long-lost chums.
Skits about a Scouse mime artist and the relationship counsellors with (guess what) their own relationship problems should have been binned at their first read-through, though the material about elephants, polar bears and goldfish were the most successful. Perhaps an instance of too much too soon.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug, 5.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).