Slightly sick sisterly show
This article is from 2014.
Sarah is nursing her sister Lizzie back to health after a near-deadly car crash. In order to facilitate her recovery, the two are performing a sketch show at the Edinburgh Fringe. Within this concept, a picture emerges of the murderously co-dependent duo: suffering innocent Lizzie and stage-hogging manipulator Sarah.
The real-life Daykin sisters’ dedication to their characters both grounds and carries an otherwise scattered show. Under the pretence of rehabilitating Lizzie and raising funds for her treatment, the pair offers an array of skits containing varyingly successful songs and characters. The best – a bird-brained view of Westminster politics – stands magnificently on its own then segues neatly into the over-arching narrative. However, most of the standalone scenes are a distraction from the increasingly depraved plot.
On the night of this review, a late start led to a good portion of the audience having to leave early and missing out as the framing plot escalates in intensity and funniness in the last quarter. With several concepts on the go, Toby juggle them admirably but a little more faith in the solid comedy play holding the show together could have turned this into a more cohesive production.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 12), 5.45pm, £9.50--£11 (£8--£9.50).