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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2001
Spymonkey - Cooped
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Beautiful, swinging Laura Du Lay knew when she arrived at the old house that life would never be the same. And her an orphan! The ensuing battle of egos rocks the world of Gothic Romance. Cal McCrystal directs.
Cooped is yet another one of those silly, hammed-up but knowing romps that seem so prevalent on the fringe this year.
Thankfully, though, this take on the Victorian melodramatic shocker is as funny as the best of them.
And, despite a healthy dose of trendy postmodernism, this is reminiscent of nothing more than the inspired over-the-top silliness of the ancient radio show - and Goodies and Python precursor - I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.
Laden with painful puns, deliberately wooden acting and desperate overplaying to the audience, this is all infused with a sense of innocent fun and plenty of inventive flourishes.
The plot - predictable nonsense about a girl, an imposing country house, mysterious screams and a Lurch-like butler - is, of course, completely incidental to the general tomfoolery.
And if the Spymonkey team couldn't jemmy a gag into the story well, they just invent a fantasy sequence for it - a device which leads to simply the funniest bit of full-frontal comedy around (the gratuitously clothes-shedding Andrew Clover, take note).
The humour does take a while to take a hold. As we are introduced to the proud 'actors' taking part in the show within a show, there's a distinct feeling of déjà vu - but thankfully this fun-loving team soon make the genre their own as they get stuck into their perfectly-performed physical comedy with relish.
Forget the highbrow, this is where the best laughs are to be had.
Social satire, political preaching, intellectual incisiveness… We'll have none of that here, thank you. We'll just have the silliest, funniest, jolliest laughter-fest since Stan met Ollie. I think there's a plot somewhere – something about a gorgeous orphan going to a mysterious country house that'd change her life – but it doesn't really matter, it's just a pretext for an anarchic array of crazy characters, dazzling dialogue and sizzling slapstick.
You know when you get to that point when you've laughed so much that you can't breathe and you're in pain. Go miles beyond that and you're not even close to how funny it is. still laughing at it three days later!
Stiff was hilarious, Cooped is four times as funny. I saw it tonight and this comedy takes on humour in all forms.
Oh my God! Absolute genius. This play is so funny I fell off my seat - no word of a lie. Classic - I loved it, I loved it!
The most innovative and hilarious comedy/desconstructionist art Ive seen so far. Brilliant!
I saw this last night ...never laughed so much...My face, not my jaw, my FACE still aches. Don't, see this if you are asthmatic, it's impossible to breathe through tears of laughter. Beyond excellent. Thank you for so much fun!
The funniest thing since warmed dough was sliced! Amazingly physical and witty.