Toby - Lucky (3 stars)

This article is from 2011

Toby - Lucky

Divisive duo spark a riot of tutting and scowling

If this performance of Toby’s Lucky was set in front of a focus group, clear scientific findings would have been concluded. The semi-surreal double act are loved by student blokes in their early 20s and loathed by fortysomething women. At one point, metaphorical daggers were being aimed at one lad who had the temerity to chuckle audibly at a climactic scene of faked suicide. Granted, the moment was barely hilarious but neither did it warrant a touchy madam getting all uppity.

In tone and style, Toby have been ripped from the corpse of Penny Spubbs with sisters Sarah and Lizzie Daykin performing a story which we can only hope is not reflective of their real-life power struggles. Lizzie is the downtrodden and permanently huffy sibling while Sarah is the annoying, attention-seeking one who may or may not be the parents’ favourite.

They bicker and scowl and undermine each other’s efforts, and while this threatens to get wearing after a while, there’s always a surreal moment or taste-busting interlude to brighten proceedings up. Having impressed at the Free Fringe last year, the pair’s career seems on a relentlessly upward trajectory. Not sure the tutting lady two along would agree though.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 4pm, £11–£12 (£9.50–£11).

Toby - Lucky

  • 3 stars

Loyal and suffering at the hands of her sister Sarah. Both waiting for their luck to change. 'Classy and wonderful … eye-wateringly funny' ★★★★ (

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