Reviewer: Ruth Lovett
The Public Reviews Rating:
For those not familiar with the work of this dynamic twosome, this show is a great introduction to the world of pop hermeneutics; the art of text (or in this case, lyrical) interpretation.
Holding the audience in the palm of their hand the minute the music starts, this pair know how to dictate the pace and how to move a show along, not allowing it to stagnate or become tiresome. The show whips by leaving the audience begging for more.
Ripping through some great parodies of Made in Chelsea, and Kate Bush and observations about Lana Del Rey and the seemingly ubiquitous Kelly Clarkson, Frisky ( Laura Corcoran) and Mannish (Matthew Floyd Jones) know how to give their ever growing fan base what they want. Fans of the pair will recognise some of their greatest achievements and hits including the Horror Medley, the Stalker Medley and Bad Combos which never fail to raise a smile. However some members of the audience begin to anticipate the punch lines before they come, somewhat spoiling it for first timers with loud whispers of what is to come.
Frisky’s voice never fails to hit the mark and Mannish on keys is a delight. Despite being plagued by in-ear sound problems throughout their set, not once do they fail to deliver. The comedy is fast flowing, witty and intelligent but for ardent fans this show may feel somewhat lacking in new material and a best of style show can be dangerous in the world where fresh new material is what audiences crave.
All told it is a great evening’s entrainment and it would be difficult not to join in the fun and get caught up in the fervour and shimming to the left with the best of them but next time I think we will all be hoping for lots of new material to keep the passion alive for what really are a remarkable pair.
Reviewed on the 16th September 2012