Gavin and Gavin in Colonic Irrigation For Our Souls review at Assembly Rooms
It was a most unfortunate night for the sisterly double act. The show went up late and the audience punished them for it.
After a long introduction, in which Sharon and Loretta threw insults at each other, the stampede for the exit began, with a couple and then three other punters walking out.
From there on in, the audience was in retreat. With every sketch, all based on regression to previous lives, more audience members headed for the hills. I started to think the room would clear except for me, the Gavins and their PR man. In fact, around 20 per cent of the audience had walked out by the end.
Yet it wasn’t that bad. Their acting was strong and some of sketches, such as the public hanging, were funny.
How could this failing show be saved? Well, the sisters need to halve the length of the introduction, interact more with the audience, tighten up the script, and use the strongest sketches earlier in the show.
With these measures, they should be able to turn it around.
Assembly Rooms, August 7-29
- Sharon and Loretta Gavin
- Gavin and Gavin
- Running time
- 1 hr
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