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Great British Mysteries: 1599? (Great British Mysteries)

By | Published on Thursday 23 August 2018

Within seconds of this show starting you know you’re in safe comic hands. This two hander, set loosely in times of Tudor (“we’ve bought the costumes and we’re going to use them”) takes us on a surreal voyage, by land and by sea, against a backdrop of beautifully judged visuals. The quick-witted Olive, and her epically-slow-on-the-uptake companion Ted, are a pair of bungling witch hunters and the humour comes at you from every angle: absurdist, physical, musical, verbal. Will Close is outlandishly funny as the ‘freak’ Bishop with an unfathomable waistline, and Rose Robinson, with her cartoon voice and impeccably timed facial contortions, is a comedy natural. Sit in the right seat and you might get free cake, too.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Geoff Mills]