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ED2012 Comedy Review: Upstaging – A Modern Guide to Acting For Gentlemen and Gentleladies – Free (Ged & Jamie/ Laughing Horse Free Festival)

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I thought I’d finished with formal education, but was pulled back into the world of learning by forced enrolment in Maurice Cock and Belvedere Bagg’s acting school. Covering key thespian topics, such as voice, methodology and the arrival of the dreaded critic, ‘Upstaging’ treads a fine line between awfully funny and just awful, and the longer the show went on, the more that line was crossed. In the guise of Cock and Bagg, Ged Cogley and Jamie McCarney did have a good onstage rapport and a great line in well-timed snideness, but this was tempered by some self-indulgent, unfunny skits and a real loss of concentration in the second half. I don’t think I’ll be renewing my tuition fees.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 2-26 (not 6, 13, 20), 7.15pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Holly Close]

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