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Toby – Lucky (The Invisible Dot Ltd)

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

One is a spoilt, vindictive Haribo-addict desperate for fame. The other is the long-suffering prop for her sister’s ego. Real-life siblings Sarah and Lizzie Daykin take the old premise of performers breaking down mid-act and squander all its comic potential, pushing the boundaries of comedy by not actually being funny. Relying instead on deadpan discomfort and passive-aggressive needling, their awkward, infantile sketches are drawn out interminably as this doomed vanity project unravels into long silences and tantrums. Their admirable attempt to create believable, damaged characters misfires precisely because they never let the audience in on the joke. It’s meant to be excruciating, it’s meant to be amateurish; the problem is that it succeeds.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15), 4.30pm (5.25pm), £8.50 – £9.50, fpp159.
tw rating 1/5