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Notflix – VAULT Festival, The Network Theatre

Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty


Of course, you will never see the show that’s being reviewed here.

The performers of the Waiting For The Call improv company have created a smashing set up whereby they take a film suggestion from the audience, think for about three seconds about what it means, and then launch into a belting musical rendition of a favourite scene or plot point.

Whatever mechanics they use to make sure the piece runs smoothly are hidden to a very satisfying degree. The improvised songs and plot points (with a few jinks) gel together well and the characters created are ones that could potentially even sustain a longer play all on their own.

What makes this a cracking hour is the comedy and physicality of the performers. Improvised comedy can sometimes feel a little hammy and strained, like a bad date where someone’s making jokes to fill the silence. The performers here really go for it with quality jokes, snappy lyrics and unselfconscious physical comedy – all great ingredients for a night out.

Ultimately, this is made up on the spot. They clearly will have a structure but it all depends on the ideas on the night. With a pedigree throughout London and at Edinburgh for this show, it’s pretty fair to have confidence they’ll finish out the run for the Vault Festival in fine style.

Runs until 29 January 2017 | Image: Contributed


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