The Nualas in 'Hello Again, We're the Nualas'
- Paul Whitelaw
- 7 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
A bland, pedestrian, cuddly musical comedy trio at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Back in Edinburgh after a merciful 13 year break, this musical trio embody the bland, pedestrian, cuddly comedy that's only enjoyed by easily amused audiences on Radio 4.
Three middle-aged women in black-framed glasses and matching sequinned dresses, they're supposedly from an Irish village where every female is called Nuala.
Sharing a name is one thing, but for a comedy team to share the same daffy personality is disastrous. The only difference between them is that blonde Nuala is married with children. Cue a glut of tired jokes about hopeless men. They also crack mildly cheeky gags about the menopause and 50 Shades of Grey, the latter being a subject that should result in a custodial sentence for any comedian caught using it.
Lyrically, their songs are mostly anodyne satire. The lowest point is their excruciating rap performed in a style that was hackneyed by the time it first appeared on Whose Line is it Anyway?. And their lascivious rock song laced with farming innuendo was much funnier when originally performed 30 years ago by Spinal Tap.
The Nualas can sing, I'll give them that. Some of their ballads are even quite sweet. But their comedy is feckin' awful.
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 11 and 18), 6.30pm, £13–£14.