Doing their first run at the Fringe, Lead Pencil’s self-titled sketch show is a smart and likeable debut. The trio – Maddie Rice, Greg Simpson and Louise Beresford Carter – are all strong performers, with Rice and Carter’s sassy take on the Middleton sisters being a major highlight. The use of stylised cardboard props is a nice touch, though they do seem a little redundant in some sketches, and lead to a lot of unnecessary messing around. There are a few very well-written segments, like their reinterpretation of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, but many of the jokes feel underdeveloped. However, with a bit more work on the script, Lead Pencil could really start drawing in the crowds.
The Fiddler’s Elbow, 13-25 Aug, 4.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Holly Close]