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The Ginge, The Geordie & The Geek
Just the Tonic @ The Caves
It would appear that the idea of a ginger person, a Geordie and a geek somehow has some kind of massive attraction to people at the Fringe – this was a capacity audience and one which seemed to love what these boys do.
The comedy trio are all good actors as well as comedians, which makes a nice change from some of the lesser quality sketch shows. They also turned out to be incredible mime artists (always useful to have a fall-back trade!) An epic video-voiceover combination opens the show and sets the audience up for an hour of fun and frolics. There are some amusing, short, witty scenes, but generally this is not side-splittingly funny comedy – with the exception of the hilarious ‘Pure Imagination’ (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) re-make and the Dirty Dancing parody which closes the show.
Nonetheless, focus was maintained throughout and each sketch was new, original and exciting. It was evident that each sketch concept had been individually developed in order to deliver a well-thought through show which entertained and captivated the audience for the full hour. The only other downsides to the show were that some off-stage movement in the wings could be seen, and some of the scene changes could have been a bit slicker.