Directors: Megan Hamber and Jack Cherrie
Reviewer: Paul Couch
There’s obviously a lot of thought gone into Brighton-based Tessellate’s 45-minute sketch show, Do You Ever…, and, with a little more polish and some cash investment, it’s on course to be a fantastic showcase for some serious comedic talent.
Some of the sketches are more successful than others, but that’s only to be expected with new work. For example, the opening skit about a groundbreaking new dance move falls a little flat, raising barely a titter, but everything is soon ramped up with an hysterical “Game of Life” snakes and ladders featuring a “real” snake and a man wearing a ladder.
This a devised show and, in itself, that’s not a bad thing – from such exercises comes strokes of genius; however, there are still a lot of rough edges and an air of “made up as it goes along”. A step back and look at what works and what doesn’t work would pay dividends.
The large cast – Jack Cherri, Harriet Lansdown, Yvette May, Jordan Matthews, Victor Butt, and Emma Howarth – work their nylon-clad (who knew?) socks off but there’s a feeling there’s much more talent behind their clowning than the cheap-as-chips costumes suggest. A new company of young theatre-makers but one to look out for on the fringe circuit.
Reviewed on 25 May 2017 at The Warren Studio 2
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