Penny Spubb’s Prawn Free review at Pleasance Courtyard
Gifted female double acts are rarer than four-leafed clovers. Over the years many have chanced their arm at the fringe to the horror of long-suffering audiences and reviewers.
Poor timing, tedious and passe routines about periods or boyfriends, and an ignorance of where boundaries of taste really lie have been their most common faults.
To be brutally frank, there has not been a great new live female comedy double act since French and Saunders came on the scene more than 20 years ago. Outside of television, even Mel and Sue were mediocre in my view.
So it is a tremendous pleasure to watch Katy Wix and Anna Crix go through their paces with original and funny material, a sharp sense of timing, and a clear comprehension of where most of their predecessors went awry.
This is a great show. Daft concepts like the world’s smallest shop, where the sole item – a pair of musical shoes – was denied to a customer and then nicked under the shopkeeper’s nose, set the tone for the show.
The Michael Boullay sketch is so surreal it almost defies description. And their send-up of the feeble female double acts buried under the killing fields of the London comedy circuit was spot on.
Crilly and Wix have enormous potential. Let’s hope they are given the opportunity to fulfil it.
Pleasance Courtyard, August 2-28
- David Sant
- Anna Crilly, Katy Wix
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