Ford and Akram: Humdinger (4 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Ford and Akram: Humdinger

Yin and yang do silly and surreal

Many double acts rely on a natural chemistry to get them by. Others might be strong on material but just don’t have that onstage zing. So thank the blazes that Louise Ford and Yasmine Akram have got both elements down to a fine art for their Humdinger of a show, which tracks the true relationship of how this duo came to be in showbusiness together (that is if truth comes in at roughly 95% to 97% fictionalised).

It actually starts off not too promisingly with nervy English girl Ford appearing on the verge of a panic attack as she states that she may well be doing the show on her own. Cue ballsy Irish lass Akram (‘my daddy is brown’) and that two-way chemistry starts whirring.

The shy/confident double act power struggle feels like it’s been done a few times before, but F&A crank up their version with a fine script that allows them to platform their full range of actorly quirks: Ford’s awkward physicality certainly makes a permanent mark on the watcher’s mind-memory while Akram’s ‘Colin Farrell’ is a thing of rugged beauty. Theirs is a splendidly surreal and excellently performed hour which will be difficult to match for sheer joyful silliness.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 15), 3.30pm, £8–£9.50 (£7–£8.50).

Ford and Akram: Humdinger

  • 4 stars

Imagine a double act with just two people. Imagine Colin Farrell, batmitzvahs, mime, songs, simulator hat-bags and semi highbrow literature. With just two people. Ford and Akram are the double act. Humdinger is their show.

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