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CROFT AND PEARCE ARE NOT THEMSELVES


RING O’BELLS

   

 

Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce are supremely talented. Two performers doing a comedy sketch show with no props, no set changes, no funny costumes; just their skill as actors and writers – it’s a big ask. But these two are more than up for the challenge. Right from the get-go the characters and situations are startlingly oddball, and one sketch ends and another starts seamlessly; sexual therapy classes, mad office politics, ludicrous middle-class ‘problems’, amorous encounters, suicide attempts, on and on. And, cleverly, the sketches start to cross-reference each other, with characters from previous sketches being slyly referred to. To sustain all this requires huge acting talent, and the pair switch between their enormous cast of characters; their accents, genders, facial expressions, and vocal ranges with unerring and hysterical accuracy. A theatrical roller-coaster ride of laughter-packed, brilliantly-observed character comedy that is breathtaking in its sheer skill. Unbeatable.
  

*****

 

                                                                                         John Christopher Wood