Ghost Written – Camden Fringe, Museum of Comedy

Reviewer: Christine Stanton

Writers: The Descendants

With no script, no guidance and no idea where the evening is going to take them – improv group The Descendants are ready for each show to be Ghost Written by the audience.

The show during this performance is based at a Foxtons Estate Agents. Banny (Jess Williamson) is struggling to sell the 50 homes she has on the market, because sneaky ex-corporal (Leo Maxwell) is freelancing and beating the large corporations to each deal. In competition with her multi-millionaire sister Fanny (Britt Pay) and desperate to make her spag bol-obsessed mum (Sarah Williams) proud, she and new work BFF Sheila (Carly Brazier) quit their jobs. But will the advice of barkeep Johnny (Matt Cosgrove) lead them down the wrong path or will they finally make their mark on the world?

While the audience are supposedly the ghost writers for each narrative, all they provide are some character names, a location and type of weather. Everything else is solely thought up by the comedic troupe on the spot, an impressive talent considering the show itself runs for an hour. The storyline is surprisingly succinct, and, while of course utterly ridiculous, the charm is in the delivery rather than the detail.

Everyone works really well on stage together, and you can see that they all genuinely really enjoy performing, which makes their comedy even stronger. Seemingly at the helm of this humorous group appears to be Maxwell and Williamson who keep the show running and pull the narrative thread together. When the scenes start to fall apart (which in itself is hilarious to watch) they quickly help to piece it together again.

While you won’t ever be able to catch Banny’s amusing predicament live on stage again , you will still be able to find The Descendants performing their bizarre and hilarious improv shows, so check them out and make sure you provide some funny suggestions for them to see just how chaotic their storylines can get!

Runs until 25 August 2022

The Camden Fringe runs from 1 -28 August 2022

The Reviews Hub Score

Utterly Ridiculous

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