Maybe Niche? And a great evening's entertainment by the Travelling Sisters, who are currently on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. To book your tickets, go to The Travelling Sisters.
THY, THUS, TWAS
These three young women met at uni. Often a great place to meet lifelong friends and in this case, a lifelong partnership of comedy. They are Gaulier trained – in the footsteps of the great French Comedy teacher and have clearly relished their partnership and their progression. They took their first comedy skit to Woodford Festival in 2014 and since then, they have toured Australia and overseas winning many prizes and accolades along the way.
Lucy Fox, Laura Trenerry, Ell Sachs and Kimberley Twiner, above all, have such fun coming out on stage and giving us a hilarious, very Aussie scenario of three blokes trying to put up a play. The mastermind of the three is Darryl, who issues the directives to the other two hapless young men, Vinnie (Vincent ) awkward, nerdish and stationary and Berrick, jumpy, springy and frenetic.
The story unfolds with a lot of energy and one-liners, in a fairly heavy Aussie strine, which has the audience barely drawing breath from one giggle to the next. In fact, at the performance I attended, the audience participation/joy was quite amazing and it must have been such a boost for the women.
These young men (in hilarious get up and wigs), set out to perform their roles assigned to them by Darryl. They do so with deadpan faces which just heightens our excitement at their antics, let alone the carefully crafted dialogue which has the audience recognising the absurdity and caricature of the characters they are trying to portray.
I loved the introduction of the mums, who play a very important role in the unfolding story and of course, the clever and quick changes of character on stage. The two mums are brilliant. One solid and no-nonsense and the other airy-fairy and looking for her diffuser! In both cases, their characters are so well portrayed, which makes them believable and adds to the complexity of the skit in a very entertaining way. We get to enjoy the eternal mothers and sons and the friends of sons relationships as the sons mature and become men! Vinnie is forever concerned that his mum might be disappointed and, of course, we can all understand why.
The guys go out in search of their gold tarp (which has a very busy schedule and when you go along, you will understand why), as their preferred backdrop to their play as a black one would be too sombre and a red one too political. I don't think it is a spoiler if I tell you they manage to get it in the end to stage Marvin's Marvellous Moments/Mind Crimes.
The pace is fast and the hour goes by in a flash. The women give it their all and are also happy to meet the audience at the end and have a selfie with them.
This is a new, young, exciting comedy by a group of talented and very funny women. Go along and enjoy them and encourage their writing and their creativity. We all benefit watching their wit and spirit on stage and they clearly have a ball and isn't that the best feeling?