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Massive Dad 2.0 – Step Up 2 Massive Dad (The Pleasance)

By | Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Massive Dad 2.0

The Dads are back. Utilising projection, storyboards, voiceovers and a couple of coat hangers, sketch trio Massive Dad have created a show that hits some amazing high notes, even if it doesn’t quite manage it consistently. While the laughs are plentiful, and the performances sublime, the writing feels slightly unpolished. A few jokes don’t land, with some sketches ending anticlimactically while others outstay their welcome – most notably a cop show read-through and a Scandinavian folk band. That said, when Massive Dad are good, they’re really good. The final sketch, a parody of shows that use folksy puppetry and faux-poetry to explore Serious Topical Issues, is witheringly accurate, providing a storming end to a slightly uneven hour.

Pleasance Dome, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]