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Crone (Liam Webber)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2022

A mask, waistcoat, wig and accent conjure the Crone. Hobbling into her vintage sitting room, her crackling spirit radio is really a demon called Clive. Her mission: to ‘read’ volunteers’ objects to answer their darkest questions. The audience love the Crone’s digs at the Fringe and first imaginative improvisation, though maybe maintaining character more seriously would make breaking it funnier. Lighting and sound gags are ambitious and atmospheric. Suddenly, massive basslines vibrate the entire room, intruding on a great ghost story and haunting the denouement. Performers shouldn’t have to try to ‘work it into their act’ at such levels; Just The Tonic should never have offered this slot without soundproofing. That’s the Crone’s real curse; it deserves to be lifted.

Just The Tonic at The Mash House, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Richard Tyrone Jones]