Saturday 4 August 2012 | By Kirsten Waller
ED2012 Comedy Review: This Is Soap (C Theatre)
If you’ve ever screamed at the TV in frustration at a ridiculous ‘Hollyoaks’ plot-line (though if you’re watching ‘Hollyoaks’, I suspect your brain has generally absented itself), this may be the show for you. An improvised soap, with comedic kitchen-sink dramas unfolding daily, the action is driven by a mixture of audience suggestions and pre-conceived characters, and the pauses for sketch-based games were, thankfully, free of real embarrassment for the brave volunteers. Based on ‘Eastenders’, shades of ‘The Archers’ creep into the set-up – nothing much occurs, but in a thoroughly enjoyable manner. Some jokes are a little weak, but solid characterisation and good-humoured performances more than make up for them. Like all the best soaps, repeat viewing required.
C, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 1.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Kirsten Waller]