Eleanor Colville: Bigamous (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Eleanor Colville: Bigamous

Character comedy for those whose idea of hell is a wedding

'At the end of the show, I will be marrying two of you.' This particular audience-participatory harbinger seems harmless enough; at least its intentions are clear. Eleanor Colville's solo debut is a jaunt through Character Comedy 101: silly voices and deranged characters abound as she arranges for, as portended, two audience members to get married. What Bigamous brings to the fore is something that everyone who has been involved in a wedding can attest to: it's all a bit grotesque.

There's the deranged wedding planner who believes prune is the ideal colour scheme, the baby-faced man sat at the 'loners' table who has a plastic bag fetish, even the Scottish flower girl discussing her future divorces with glee. They're all horrifically relatable, thanks to Colville's ability to dart from dark to deadpan and back to self-deprecating.

In the end, the parts are funnier than the whole, but that's what makes Bigamous so engaging. Colville will slip in lines that seem throwaway but, after a beat, are self-referential and smart, linking the show in and out of itself, before tying it up in a well-thought out bridal bow.

Just the Tonic at The Mash House, until 27 Aug, 9.20pm, £7 (£6).

Eleanor Colville: Bigamous

  • 3 stars

Eleanor Colville Bigamous is a brand-spanking-new character comedy. A big energy, silly-voiced extravaganza frolicking through the most extreme pits of humanity. Come along for an hour of popping characters, cracking sketches and goddam depravity. As seen in the Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2015 and a part…