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The Voyage Of The Narwhal (The Awkward Silence)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

This show starts so promisingly. With a deliberate nod to ‘Titanic’, sketch group The Awkward Silence tell the perilous tale of the Narwhal, a ship with an increasingly eccentric cast of staff and guests. Despite a script edit from ‘The Thick of It’ writer David Quantick, I still feel this show could have done with a more heavy-handed red pen, as the characters soon went from being amusing to just deliberately weird. The crudely homoerotic moments clash uncomfortably with the PC sea shanties (a genuine highlight of the show) about trans rights and equal pay. Though they don’t have quite enough material to fill an hour, this is still a promising Fringe debut from this oddly-minded group.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 2/5