Hurry Up and Wait
Clown show that fails to live up to potential
This article is from 2011.
With a parade due any minute, two friends are forced to wait patiently for its arrival. Their stools sit either side of a giant clock – an ever-present reminder that time is passing just too slowly. In a bid to speed it up, these colourful characters create a raft of imaginary worlds, found inside the hat of female performer Liz Skitch.
Most of the time, her male counterpart, Clint Bolster, looks on in disapproval, as she tries to reel him in with talk of food and swimming. But after a while, even he can’t resist the silliness of it all. Both Skitch and Bolster have good comic ability, and an undeniably likeable stage persona. What seems a shame here is that neither of them use their skill to its full potential. Yes, they can pull funny faces, cross their eyes and talk in silly voices – much of which elicits giggles from the excitable kiddie crowd.
But you can’t help but think that the audience, young and old, would have got more out of this if a degree of subtlety had been introduced.
C aquila, 0845 260 1234, until 29 Aug, 2.40pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£5.50–£7.50).