Siblings (3 stars)

This article is from 2017


Fine character comedy with hilarious highs and elongated lows

Maddy and Marina Bye are real-life sisters who have taken different paths on their respective journeys to ending up doing late-night sketch comedy in a basement room at the Fringe. Maddy went to clown school in France (the steep fees weren't wasted, based on a strange slapstick scene with a leaf-blower to the face), and Marina had classical training as an actress, which she haughtily reminds the crowd of at regular intervals with faux self-importance.

Skits about an anti-bullying campaign in an Australian high school, two very plummy yummy mummies enjoying some 'chitty chatty time', and a Most Haunted-style TV show work with varying degrees of success. They definitely enjoy letting scenes unravel into ridiculousness, sometimes with hilarious consequences, while other times it just feels like they ran on a bit too long.

The girls are possibly upstaged by a home video of toddler-age Maddy, refusing to take part in a drama class, gazing into space with a 1000-yard stare instead. Some added sound-effects over the top are a nice touch. Smart character comedy, although it comes with peaks and troughs.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug (not 14, 23), 11.30pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).


  • 3 stars

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