A pair of Camden Fringe Opinions which cowl office comedy Final Wednesday’s Work Shirt and What’s Improper With Me? – The Musical, each on the Lion and Unicorn Theatre
“You’re in the fitting place”
By no means thoughts the announcement of this 12 months’s Strictly contestants, Dumb Discovered Theatre’s Final Wednesday’s Work Shirt opens with a dance routine which is the rival of something Anton Du Beke might dream of. And it’s that vein of ball-squeezing, goldfish-murdering absurdism that carries the present to a delightful degree of success. The present follows David, a latest Artwork Historical past graduate who lands a nondescript job at a nondescript firm and because it seems, his workload is non-existent.
It might seem to be the dream however the state of affairs quickly drives David to rising existential angst. Work journeys with no precise work, the colleague with a theme track, the goldfish who go remark from their bowl, the colleague who could also be useless, the portray of Van Gogh who acts as his counsellor, the bosses who squabble over him – a veritable roll name of Kafka-esque supporting characters pushing him to the purpose the place he’s severely questioning his sanity while we’re chortling away.
Aaron Could’s David is an interesting central determine, and Jacob Aldcroft and Joe Topping are nice worth for cash in masking everybody else. If there’s any remark to make, it’s within the slight stress between sketch present and play – the previous permitting maybe too many concepts to permit the latter to totally work (the looping for instance). Nonetheless, it’s massively imaginative and sometimes hilarious, the interview scene specifically is a piece of genius.
What’s Improper With Me? – The Musical involves us from Jess Coppen-Gardner (ebook and lyrics) and Rosalyn Miller (music and lyrics). Set in a retreat led by the hirsute and earnest Osmond, a motley crew of 5 have gathered in pursuit of higher self-knowledge and respite from their issues. And this being 2022, these vary from poisonous masculinity to excessive wokeness, unhealthy relationships with vegetation to belated comings out and naturally, intercourse dependancy.
However over the 5 days of the method, it turns into clear that Osmond may not be the whole lot he claims to be. And the character of everybody’s points could be a bit of nearer to first world issues than they wish to admit. With simply an hour to play with, and 6 characters and 5 phases to cowl, there’s lots to get by means of and it’s cheerily if a bit of erratically executed. The balancing act between quasi-serious subject material and comedian therapy is one other problem however the outcomes are all the time heartfelt.
Miller’s rating is usually robust in melodic objective – the opening quantity is a corker and also you’ll go away buzzing the finale. If the present is to be developed additional, it has the room for extra musical sophistication although, utilising its six voices in additional attention-grabbing, harmonic methods. It’s good enjoyable all through although and the potential right here is thrilling.