ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Comedy Reviews

Christmas For Two – Friends With You (Christmas For Two)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Sarah Campbell and Amy Hoggart came together to write for a BBC Three show entitled ‘Laughter Shock’ – a fact that becomes obvious as soon as the lights go up: the ideas involved aren’t bad, but they aren’t really as shocking as they think they are. The writing is a little sloppy, and many sketches could have been cut short by several minutes, and while some are a success – the depiction of a gruesome 18-30’s club is particularly good, with excellent characterisation and really stupid dancing – others simply don’t work. The sight of a careers adviser detailing opportunities for a professional female rapist isn’t offensive or shocking, just painfully flat. There’s plenty of good-natured enthusiasm on stage; if only it were matched by less half-hearted material.

Just The Tonic at The Caves, 4 – 28 Aug (not 17), 4.55pm (5.55pm), £6.50, fpp58.
tw rating 2/5