The winners of ‘Best Comedy Show’ at last year’s fringe festival are back with a new show called ‘Journeys’. It is exactly what it says on the tin - a fast paced, physical comedy show. Using a limited amount of props, the four actors go on journeys around the globe.
Upon entering the theatre the atmosphere was a bit dead, due to a small audience. There could have perhaps been some music playing while waiting for the show to start as it felt a bit awkward.
The first scene is absolutely magical, the four actors enter with suitcases and chairs to embark on their journeys. The choreography here was excellent, it was a shame it had to come to an end.
First up was a whistle stop tour to France. This scene is entirely in basic French, so it is very easy to know what is happening. The actors also do a great job of taking on the different characters.
The play then moves to Spain. For me, while still entertaining this isn’t as strong as their French scene, mainly because only one of the female actors could do a convincing Spanish accent. However, they may have been the intention.
I can’t help but feel that at times the writing is ‘dumbed down’ to make the audience understand the jokes. For example, in what I think was the Italian section some of the words were ‘english-ised’ to make the audience understand. I’m not sure if the show is aimed at children, but for me as an adult it felt a bit as if I was being hit on the head to get the joke.
Overall this is a great show with fantastic physical theatre. I didn’t stop smiling from the moment I entered the theatre. It’s fantastic to see an ensemble that work so well together and each make up a vital part of the team.
Reviewer: Francis McKevitt
Reviewed: 28th July 2016
North West End Rating: ★★★★