A self-help show crying out for more crowd work
The motivational speaker or self-help guru has become such a staple in recent character comedy that you desperately need a twist to have any impact whatsoever. Other than the fact that Help has two of them, there's little of any freshness apparent in Bae's show. Welcomed to the room by an enthusiastic and screechy Sophie Morgan-Price and Nina Millns, we are all branded losers in need of some help. Sadly, the Bae duo, fully committed as they are to their performances, are in dire need of a stronger script.
Over the course of this hour we are introduced to a nutritional guru offering advice to the likes of Angelina Jolie and Cher whose hardcore message has no room for green juice ('it's for pussies'); we also encounter the Mindroom meditation centre, and meet lesbian power couple Cressida and Helen, and a 'bride guide' called Lisa Marie.
This is one of those shows which seems a perfect fit for clever audience participation but the pair never fully take that plunge, only dropping in and out of the crowd briefly for a light Q&A while at the conclusion we are all encouraged to shout away our problems with a collective 'fuck it!'. Yes, it really is that subtle. Perhaps Millns and Morgan-Price don't have full confidence in either themselves or their characters to handle a diversion from their unoiled script.
Just the Tonic at the Mash House, run ended.