Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Twonkey’s Blue Cadabra

More bizarre absurdity in Twonkey's latest journey to some very strange places

You have to be fully committed when you sign up for a Twonkey show. Through his frequent flights of bizarre absurdity, the man only occasionally known as Paul Vickers (of The Leg and John Peel favourites Dawn of the Replicants) will take you on a journey to some very strange places; only those with a stout sense of adventure will survive.

Sadly, some attendees of this mid-week Free Fringe performance are not cut from the right cloth; while Twonkey’s experiments with mild innuendo raise a few relieved giggles (the psychic ship’s wheel of panties being a particular highlight), his ballad of Stan Laurel and Fanny of the Fig Tree had them covertly scurrying for the exits.

We’d advise Twonkey to take heart however, and see this not as a case of audience loss but of audience refinement. The brave recruits who stay to the end are rewarded with a near-transcendent performance of ‘The Flying Tailor’, and the sense of elation when he unveils the secret of his biscuit box is glorious. You won’t catch him straddling the stage at the big purple cow any time soon, but with a gradually growing army of none-more-Fringe warriors, Twonkey will soon be set to take over the world. Or a world, at any rate.

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 477 7007, until 25 Aug (not 20), 7.30pm, free.

Twonkeys Blue Cadabra

  • 3 stars

Bananas cabaret act from the utterly delightful Mr Twonkey (aka Paul VIckers).