- Murray Robertson
- 22 August 2012
This article is from 2012.
Wordy sketch show of varying quality
Formerly known as Quattro Formaggio, the more easily digestible KWAT is a slightly more mature sketch group than most seen at the Fringe. This cerebral show recalls the work of former Perrier Best Newcomers The Consultants. And, like them, this literate affair would translate well to radio.
We open with a woman answering her phone to a cold-caller who, rather than selling windows, matter-of-factly offers his hand in marriage. What distinguishes this opening is the carefully plotted script, iterated down to a fine piece of dialogue and delivered with verbal panache.
We move onto a political interview with a neat twist, a scene featuring Woody Allen as spy Finkle Bond (a little too similar to Allen’s role as Jimmy Bond in the original Casino Royale), before embarking on a series of tableaux featuring a grey squirrel kidnapped and tortured by his red-furred counterparts.
While many scenes are neatly topped-off with punchlines, others hang limply until the lights go down. But while the quality varies there’s always the promise of something original waiting in the wings, and the performances are uniformly strong.
The Caves, 556 5375, until 26 Aug, 10.15pm, £10.