Massive Dad (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Massive Dad

Moments of brilliance but still room for tightening up in sketch troupe's eEinburgh Festival Fringe debut

Without some kind of unifying thread, theme or structure, an hour long sketch show can seem a little unruly. But sometimes, as is the case here, the theme itself is the part that's a bit confusing. There's no apparent reason for the ladies of Massive Dad to pretend to be an Eastern European sketch troupe on their world tour. Of course the randomness of this fact has the potential to be a great gag but the actual result is a little disjointed as the vast majority of sketches have absolutely no connection with the theme.

That said there are some great moments here – the sketch that tells us that all the biggest directors' films are actually made by their grans or mums is wonderfully daft but simultaneously a nod to the lack of women making films in Hollywood. However the energy dips in places not helped by an easily fixable technical note; the lighting is a little dark and the sound too quiet, especially as they perform without mics in a room against the gentle hum of the air conditioning.

Still it's Massive Dad's début at the Fringe so there's plenty of opportunity for some tightening up in future shows.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 13), 6pm, £7.50– £9.50 (£6.50– £8.50).

Massive Dad

One hour of sketches and jokes.