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Speechless (Cambridge University Performance Technology Society)

By | Published on Tuesday 21 August 2018

What might comedy look like in a world where comic speech is banned? This is the loose premise for ‘Speechless’, a sketch show that (as you might expect) is filled with movement, mime and music, as its five performers concoct a diverse series of scenes without saying a word. Well, sort of – if you’re a stickler for the premise you might consider the abundant voice-over to be cheating somewhat, but honestly who cares, it’s really damn funny. Standout sketches include a vignette on the existential pain of thinking someone was waving at you when they weren’t, a GCSE drama interpretation of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and a man playing a human penis. It’s polished, inventive and really good fun.

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tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]