Silly Billy Bum Breath (5 stars)

  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Children’s theatre comes in so many forms these days, from puppets and plays to stand-ups and sing-a-longs. The comic sketch show, however, has remained pretty much in the adult domain. That is until Laura Black and Feri Tezcan crashed the Fringe kiddie scene last August. Laura Black Goes Farming proved that young audiences are perfectly capable of following the stop-start nature of sketch shows, if they’re performed well enough.

This year the funny ladies are back with an even better offering. The title alone has instant appeal for young minds, but adults are more than catered for during the show itself. Sentenced to an hour in prison for one naughty deed too many, Black and Tezcan use a series of flashbacks to recall their various misdemeanours. All of which have been prompted by Black’s imaginary friend, Silly Billy Bum Breath.

Both women engage the audience throughout, and use their impressive repertoire of characters to keep the laughs coming thick and fast. (Kelly Apter)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 12.55pm, £7.

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