ED2022 4/5 Reviews ED2022 Comedy Reviews

Frankie Thompson: Catts (Soho Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2022

This show is all over the place – in a good way. Cat puns, people and pee; cat shows, singing and spreadsheets, it’s all there, held together with sticky video-tape. Frankie Thompson is an engaging clown and comic, and carries off all the silliness with aplomb. She also steps winningly out of character a couple of times, helping to establish a subtle sub-text. Cats can only be themselves. We humans are prone to self-doubt and Frankie encourages us to embrace our own and others’ eccentricities. The day we went, the performance was a briefly-explained ‘relaxed’ one (with no difference I noticed) with phone-app closed captions (which I tried out, and found serendipitously helpful in identifying all the many pop-cultural references.)

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]