This circus of confusion claims to be a comedy show, but the audience seemed at a loss as to what was going on and had no idea when to laugh. Beast Of The East featured an overexcited ringmaster, a bored looking ‘lion’ and a grumpy clown who spoke French. There are a few original ideas in the piece and once or twice they managed to pull off a gag, but the show just didn’t appear to have much structure or point to it. It was clear that both the audience and the performers were feeling awkward. The cheers were loudest when the ringmaster announced we had reached the finale and I think that says it all.
Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 13-17 Aug, 12.00pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Lauren Houghton]