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Stemming from the Just For A Laugh show which sold out The Comedy Store, Manchester and other venues in 2008, audiences will be treated to xenophobic travel agents, naked news readers and much, much more during this fifty-minute show.
Debutants at the Fringe Festival, the Manchester-based Lady Garden will have their audiences in stitches with satirical, original material.
This is refreshingly good comedy sketch work from half a dozen young women. They are as good at ensemble work as they are individually and seem to have put the show together without any egos shouldering their way to the front.
They may be young, but there’s impressive maturity and subtlety here, and some of the best bits put me in mind of Victoria Wood or Dawn French, when Dawn French was still funny.
The sketches crack along, starting with a splendid pastiche of the type of studenty expressive dance that would clear the High Street in minutes. That introduces everybody, and then they charge into two and three hander sketches with no irritating noisy blackouts for costume changes.
While you may feel that not much new ground is broken, it doesn’t matter when each view is as fresh as new paint. Parodying the Australian Tourist Board’s ‘So where the bloody hell are you?’ ad with dry political points inserted, they produce particularly apposite versions for Manchester and Edinburgh.
There’s the comedy of one-upmanship, with a bunch of girls outdoing each other in the acquisition of vintage clothes, the insensitive scaremongering charity mugger, a hideous Heart Health advisor who is clearly on nodding terms with the heroine of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and a beautifully staged Tesco call centre sketch which makes me wonder what else they might develop theatrically.
These are just few of the gems, but the out-and-out winner is the closing sketch of an appalling best man’s speech being matched by the Maid of Honour’s rap.
There are no weak links. I’d be delighted to see their next show. The only minor cavil is the crass title, which doesn’t do justice to this smart, funny and uncommonly well performed show.
Reviewed by: Julia Chamberlain
I saw this show a few days ago. Lady Garden is a hilarious, excellent show that puts one in mind of the early writings of the team behing Smack The Pony. I am certain that I'll see these 6 young ladies on the television in but a few years. It is worth the money. It is superb. For those star-seekers out there, it features Beattie Edmondson (daughter of Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson, and rest assured, she lives up to her parents' humour - my favourite out of the troupe!). My favourite show at the Festival this year; full of laughs, squeals and many more adjectives. See it as if your life depends on it.
How many female troups of six do you know that split your sides? I'm still pissing myself. These girls have got a great future.
Will definately be seeing this when i get to Edinburgh - have been checking out various reviews and this one always gets nothing but great comments
Saw this show last week, these ladies are hilarious. Would highly recommend even just for seeing Eleanor Thom's Bev.
Having been to see this show twice in its former glory of Just For A Laugh, I will definitely not miss out on another dose of extreme entertainment and non-stop laughter.