Leaping onto a tiny backroom/boxroom stage and bursting with energy, Croft & Pearce make a vigorous entry. The first sketch checks topical boxes – the Olympics, social networking – and it merely tickles their absurdity rather than satirising them. Darker streaks in the show such as the brilliantly performed and wickedly shallow Jean and June, and the Members’ Club Door Whore (‘’make a club private… the arseholes will come’’) offset the fluffier moments like the Alan Bennett-style epistolary monologue and the gossiping tea drinkers. Choosing to give heavy accents to the more repulsive of creatures was perhaps the easy option; fewer obvious verbal signposts would invite a grope rather than a mere tickle in Croft and Pearce’s world.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-27 Aug (not 15), 12.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [L Clarkson]