Writers: Si King, Dave Myers & Will Brenton
Director: Will Brenton
Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile
The Public Reviews Rating:
After their first sell out tour two years ago Si King and Dave Myers are back with their new ‘Larger than Live’ Tour. Full of enthusiasm, energy and audience participation the pair entertain through anecdotes, jokes, film clips and cookery demonstrations.
Their off-stage friendship shines through on stage and the banter between them adds a spontaneous quality to the scripted dialogue. The audience responded quickly and vocally to every request given and the show had an almost stand up atmosphere to it, with even the odd heckler joining in. This element was enhanced by the participatory game in the first act and the food tasting (although not as much cooking as you might imagine) in both acts. The game was hugely contrived, with a holiday camp feel about it, as the audience won prizes and the Hairy Bikers lost their clothes. But the whole section was done with such enthusiasm that the audience couldn’t help being swept up in the joy of it.
On the other hand the cooking was approached in a calmer way with more concentration, as interesting tips and advice were weaved into the cooking instructions. Being able to smell the food as it was cooking was tantalizing but a real bonus as it really made the audience feel a part of the show. It was just a shame that there was so little cooking as Si and Dave excelled as a double act while in their kitchen. They bounced off each other so well and their team work was faultless as they quickly produced two amazing dishes.
The set was simple with just a moveable kitchen and a few props, the most impressive being the chairs that Si and Dave made their first entrance on, very quirky, silly and lots of fun. Some of the activities were also very silly and a surreal pantomime feel was evident at times which surprised some members of the audience, the costumes also added to this flamboyant feel.
Arguably there could have been more cooking throughout the show and there were possibly too many film clips in the second half that slowed the pace down slightly, but overall this was an evening of fun, laughter, stories and good food. This show would appeal to fans of the tv series, foodies and those that enjoy a good-natured laugh.
Due to some explicit language this show may not be suitable for young children.