The Cat Man Curse (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

The Cat Man Curse

Former Footlights weave a surreal sketch comedy narrative that's pleasingly silly

Edinburgh has witnessed some fantastic sketch comedy shows in recent years, and Pelican's The Cat Man Curse is up there with the best of them. A fast-paced effort, it commits to a proper story and is a joy to watch. That being said, this isn't War and Peace; instead its main inspirations seem to lie in the surrealism of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and the playful mysteries of Scooby Doo.

Telling the story of two actors, one of whom has landed the coveted yet apparently cursed role of 'Cat Man', the rivals are played with eccentric charisma by Guy Emanuel and Sam Grabiner. While the duo's booming, off-kilter projection recalls Matt Berry, both are distinctive performers in their own right.

The biggest strength of the group, rounded off by Jordan Mitchell, is their skill as physical comedians. When the story loses focus, or minor technical foibles threaten to throw things off course, they commence an impressive dance routine or throw on roller skates. The Cat Man Curse is a show that's full of surprises and delivered with infectious enthusiasm. Grabiner says he hopes the audience had 'half as much fun as we did'. Mission easily accomplished.

Bedlam Theatre, until 28 Aug (not 16, 23), 8pm, £8 (£6).

The Cat Man Curse

  • 4 stars

Comedy about a mystery that needs to be solved by an unlikely pair with sketch, clown and physical theatre.