Princes of Main: New Year's Eve (4 stars)

Princes of Main: New Year's Eve

credit: Atri Banerjee

A solid yet daft sketch-based reflection on a terrible year

It may seem like just another day in August but in actual fact, it's New Year's Eve, or so say Princes of Main, a trio of Cambridge Footlights alumni. The threesome are keen to fast forward to the end of the awful year that's been 2017, so they've put together an epic party to celebrate and reminisce.

In New Year's Eve, Alex MacKeith, Ben Pope and Jamie Fraser present a series of both minor and extended sketches that form the basis of their big send-off to 2017. From a nod to the embarrassing Oscars blunder to more personal narratives about their own key moments, the show is packed full of varying characters, plotlines and props which are all used to entertaining and sometimes ridiculous effect.

Despite this, the storyline occasionally falters as we get into increasingly odd territory, including a scene where a spooky medium summons the occult. But other moments are hilarious, such as the verse of 'Auld Lang Syne' accidentally improvised by an audience member, while their ability to later return to these impromptu jokes shows ingenuity. Princes of Main might not have delivered the NYE party we quite expected, but as a show it's well-written and put together, with daft yet solid performances from the three comics.

Bedlam Theatre, until 27 Aug, 9.30pm, £10 (£8).

Princes of Main: New Year's Eve

  • 4 stars

A New Year's Eve party, in August.

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