There is truly no better barometer of enjoyment than the sense of time passing, and this duo’s show, rather painfully, seemed to last forever. The first half hour consisted of unprepared and shaky stand-up from Asli Akbay, who often resorted to uncomfortable and offensive material. After this struggle to make it through the first half hour, it was a relief when an invigorating and commanding Ashley Strand burst on stage – complete with booming vocals – to recount a humorous story about New York’s most famous public toilet. This performance was not without its faults, as this story veered towards being too political in places and was maybe more suited to an American audience, but comparatively, the second half seemed over in the blink of an eye. Strand needs to go solo, and fast.
The Banshee Labyrinth, 6 – 27 Aug (not 15, 22), 9.00pm (10.00pm), free, fpp41.
tw rating 2/5