Hennessy and Friends: Murmurs
Childish, rough, and repetitive material from critically lauded group
This article is from 2014.
In all aspects but the energy of its eponymous frontwoman, this is an extremely weak showing from the critically lauded Hennessy (Miranda) and Friends (David Seymour and Steven Shapland). Unrecognisable from their poster quotes and past reviews (they made their Fringe debut in 2012), which praised the volume of ideas and sick edge to the humour in their show, the three have come back with something childish, rough, and repetitive. The title – Murmurs – becomes an unfortunate reality more than once, as they rush their words and perform more to one another than the crowd.
There are actually only a handful of sketch ideas here, repeated ad nauseum. There’s far too much reliance on the idea that a small, dainty-looking blonde woman impersonating a stereotypical pints’n’shagging-obsessed lad is inherently funny. Ditto two men dancing together while one wears a bridal veil – it’s not. And as for the idea that an audience member has tweeted in an indecent message directed at Hennessy – well, it’s hardly the cutting edge of comedy.
Perhaps this show was very hastily thrown together amid other commitments (and perhaps it will improve throughout it’s free run) – hopefully that’s the case, rather than its three performers actually thinking this kind of playground mugging is good enough.
Cowgatehead, 226 0000, until 25 Aug (not 11), 7.30pm, free.