The Boom Jennies: Blowout
An exhilarating and surprising blowout
This article is from 2011.
‘Three ambassadors of fun’, the tannoy voice intones as we await the parting of the curtain. ‘A joy strudel to stuff in your faces!’ The Pleasance’s continuity announcer didn’t lie, and it’s easy to compare these funny, endearing, dynamic girls to Smack the Pony at their height. They harness the power of sketch to make us laugh at seemingly every day situations, before slathering what we recognise with a big dollop of the absurd, creating double the laughs: the difficulty of picking the right outfit for meeting the in-laws, tips to impress at job interviews, how to prepare a snack while starring in Riverdance and so on.
And that’s just one of many great things about The Boom Jennies in Blowout; they also dance, they sing, they charm and cajole and manage to pack in a few welcome surprises, and while excellent as a trio, each has their moment to let their own particular strength shine.
Some pumping tunes make it feel like they’ve turned back time: there’s Cher, ‘Xanadu’, ‘Hungry Eyes’ and all the fun you can have with taking song lyrics a mite too literally. Flying sandwiches, giddy highs, bounce and vim: you’d do well to find something that’ll make you smile more.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 10.45pm, £9–£10 (£7.50–£8.50).