Brighton FringeReviewSouth East

BRIGHTON FRINGE: Obitchuary – The Warren: Theatre Box 

Creators: Yes Mama! Comedy 

Reviewer: Simon Topping

Cara Dawson and Alex Nash are dead.  We are welcomed to their funeral service with delicious quiche snacks and a rousing rendition of I Don’t Feel like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters.  But are they really dead? This is what the audience are about to find out in this engaging one-hour comedy duo set.

The concept of the show is unceremoniously swept aside quite early on (which is a shame, as it could have been used well to introduce a series of interconnected vignettes) with the crowd being presented with a series of unrelated sketches in a traditional format.

Both performers are charismatic and likeable on stage and hold the attention of the gathering with their affable, easy going and mischievous nature. Dawson is an expressive, free-wheeling clown who delights in goading both her co-presenter and the crowd.  Nash is the perfect foil; a larger than life character, dipping his toes into the grotesque and a marvellously disruptive influence.

Over the evening the audience are treated to some great sketches containing flowers at valentine’s day, conjoined twins, warring work colleagues (with the great line from Dawson, “I don’t have a safe word, I’m a freak”) and advisory nuns. While some of the pieces feel a little long, most hit their mark and have the crowd rocking with laughter.

The duo are also great improvisers and some of the best and funniest moments of the night come from their badinage with the people watching in the room.

Although it would have been more satisfying if Dawson and Nash had made more of their theme, by the end of the performance the audience have been treated to some fabulously funny moments from two enjoyably anarchic performers.

Runs until 16 May 2018.

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