I Would: A Hypothetical Sketch Show
Potent routines marred by the occasional damp squib from a crew with a future
This article is from 2015.
A sketch group with potential, the No Mean Feet threesome of Catriona Stirling, Georgia Wagstaff and David Matthews throw themselves into an array of sketches which occasionally flicker with genius, but too often fizzle out with a whimper. The trio definitely have their own individual talents but one of them (they must know who they are) should start working on their projection.
I Would is a show which thankfully improves as it goes along, the early first-draft feeling of their rather obvious M&S-S&M bit and the gyrating routine about being single don’t bode well. But slowly, as though deliberately keeping their best stuff up their sleeves, the game is upped with a clever routine about the personification of various milk types, a Famous Five spoof with a twist (no one said they had to be topical), the potent portrayal of an erotic fiction writer, and a game show with non-humiliating audience participation which pays off with a cunning call-back.
If this Cambridge crew are planning on staying together, it will be intriguing to see, albeit with a few nips and tucks, what they can come up with next.
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