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Massive Dad (The Pleasance)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

The young masterminds behind this buzzing selection of side-splitting sketches are the whole package. They can act, dance, write and sing, bouncing off each other and radiating fun as they do so. But what are they offering? Yugoslavian meta-drama? And by that I mean self-referential vignettes performed by Durham graduates acting as Eastern Europeans, who in turn act as the Coen brothers’ nans, a sex denier, and kidnapped Scottish folk musicians. And by that… I don’t really know what I mean. This is the bewildered state Massive Dad leave you in. Bewildered, but also in awe, for this performance is outstanding. Their deconstructionist sketches are a creative tour-de-force, as thread-bare and yet as elegantly and elaborately crafted as the Bayeux Tapestry.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 [George Robb]