BEASTS (3 stars)

This article is from 2013


Quickfire visual gags hit the mark despite bridled material

In a year in which some young bucks have ripped up the sketch show format to blistering effect (The Pin, Thünderbards), there lingers a slight feeling that the likes of BEASTS might be getting slowly left behind. After a solid enough debut last year, the trio return with another decent set of sketches but the sense remains that they’re either reining themselves in or they don’t quite have it as a trio to step up to the next level.

So many sketch groups dip rather readily into popular culture (both past and present) to use already existing characters and give them a spin. This can only go so far and with BEASTS, their routine about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might have had more impact if left alone after one sketch, while any use of Wally (he of Where’s Wally? fame) now seems almost hack. And yet one of the highlights is the Big Bad Wolf being taken down a peg or two by a sarcastic piggy while the quickfire visual gags certainly do hit the mark.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 4.45pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).


  • 3 stars

Beasts present a night of sketch comedy.