Lick and Chew (4 stars)

  • 8 August 2006

This article is from 2006

This year, the high camp double act have abandoned the random sketch format for a more structured affair employing the linking motif of travel. We follow a disparate bunch of outlandish characters and their holiday experiences: two stuffy, bored travel writers find unexpected pleasure on a ‘pack-arge’ holiday; a northern couple bicker at check-in; a pair of cleaners live it up despite being ‘too old for ‘olidays’; and a Kate Bush warbling mermaid meets her match when she bumps into a turtle.

The characters are largely stereotypes but are so brilliantly observed the caricatures are almost given depth. With the aid of a few props and some unsubtle accent changes, expert performances are executed and the script squeezed for maximum comedic effect. The pair dart back and forth between personae through a range of outrageous and occasionally surreal scenarios using the basic props and set to optimum effect. Song and dance numbers frequently break out with very little notice and the action drives by at whiplash speed. Your ribs are sure to be very sore indeed. (Marissa Burgess)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug (not 15), 6pm, £9-£10 (£7.50-£8.50).

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