The Boy Who Cried Whale
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2005
A sketch show about triumph over adversity... about triumphant people triumphing over adverse things triumphantly with scenes of prolonged triumph.
Very variable sketch show carried along on pure energy, pace and a fair smattering of excellent writing and good performances.
There is a failed attempt to link the separate sketches together with threads including a character called Steve Hitler. This fails, but at least they tried to get round the 'bittyness' problem of sketch shows.
The only non-originality I spotted was nicking one line from W. C. Fields – but, OK, if you're going to steal, steal from the best.
The five-person Los Albatross ensemble are based in Dublin and have spent the last three years performing in Ireland. The experience shows.
Two performers shine out: James Walmsley as the party-loving Russian President and as an OTT Lionel Bart-style singing Cockney. And Shane O'Brien as a squeaky street urchin pulled from some schmaltzy Thirties Hollywood movie.