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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Rogue's Handbook: Bumper Book Of Sketches
Rogues' Handbook are the combined forces of mad right-wing hippy, Graeme Casey, the naive, hyperactive and childish Paul Gannon and with the frustrated bluster of Eli Silverman.
Thrown together to put the sketch comedy world to rights, this is their first Edinburgh show and they are going all out to make it an extraordinary debut.
Together as Rogue's Handbook, they have fought crime and cyber terrorism... no, sorry... They've performed around London and the UK for the past 3 years. They've been fondly compared to the likes of Pappy's Fun Club, We Are Klang and with a dash of Absolutely and a pinch of The Goodies thrown in for good measure.
Despite performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in various shows in the past, this year marks the first time Rogues' Handbook will appear with their own very special show.
Quite how Paul Gannon and Graeme Casey coped as a sketch duo before recruiting Eli Silverman, I’ll never know. For the short, scruffy whipping boy provides almost all the laughs in this distinctly underwhelming show.
He is the Baldrick of the operation, forever being put on, reacting with hangdog stoicism until he finally cracks. And if I had to endure this shrill show every day for a month, I’m sure I’d crack, too.
The writing is flabby, and only Silverman can act. Gannon and Casey instead come from the ‘if in doubt, shout’ school; belting out their lines with little subtlety.
They can be themselves with reasonable confidence, bickering about how the show is progressing, but within the sketches themselves, characterisation is non-existent. Occasionally someone might adopt a gratingly exaggerated accent, but that’s as far as it goes. These aren’t real people – or even entertaining caricatures – just soulless conduits for words written on a page.
And what a lot of words there are; almost every sketch is overwritten, repeating the same ideas or set-ups. I’d find my mind wandering for a few moments, but when I snapped back to the stage, nothing had moved on. Occasionally there will be a weak pun at the end of a scene, but it’s scant reward for the saggy build-up.
‘Who cares, it’s only free,’ is a refrain we hear from the stage. But this sort of attitude, even said in jest, will always hold the free parts of the festival back.
Ashley Frieze – who officially isn’t part of the line-up – provides a nicely musical prologue and epilogue to proceedings, which temporarily affords the show a feeling of quality that neither the writing nor two-thirds of the performances can deliver.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
A light-hearted afternoon panto style romp with a nice interplay between the trio. While the sketches are beholden to the story of Eli, they work well as pushing forward the characters of Gannon and Casey as almost nefarious ugly sisters to Elis cinderella. The afternoon I saw it the backdrop came falling apart which sadly can take a 'rough and tumble' style and make it look decidedly lazy despite effort to the contrary. I look forward to the Rogue's next endeavour