Isle of Edna: G Street
Terrific performances in parochial sketch show low on big laughs
This article is from 2016.
As we enter G Street, we're ushered to our seats by its two garrulous lead performers. With only a small audience in attendance, this hands-on approach feels like an ominous start although further interactions are thankfully fleeting during this sporadically humorous sketch show.
Inspired by the gentrification of East London, G Street is the location for a community centre meeting where gobbledegook phrases like 'creative safari' are bandied around by freethinking bohemians. We're introduced to characters such as a pair of bearded hipsters extolling the virtues of craft beer, a couple of competitive women arguing about technique during an ante-natal yoga class and a marionette caretaker with a surprisingly good opera voice.
While all this may play well to a knowing crowd in Shoreditch, it feels too parochial here, even if Edinburgh itself is no stranger to many of the characters and attitudes being gently lampooned. Low on big laughs, it shows an occasional flourish of quirky word play but ultimately it's strength is as a showcase for its performers, both of whom are substantially better than the material. Combining superb chemistry and great timing, they are highly entertaining, and if someone hands them the right script they could go very far indeed.
Just the Tonic at the Mash House, until 28 Aug, 7pm, £6–£8 (£5–£6.50).