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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Mould & Arrowsmith's Inventions
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Returning with their unique brand of geeky sketch comedy, these Trident Comedy Award finalists bring you paradoxes, puns and pi to seventy places. Not to mention two inventions that might just change the world.
Mould & Arrowsmith's Inventions - Fringe 2009
In keeping with the title of their show, Steve Mould and Gemma Arrowsmith are, indeed, inventive in their third Edinburgh show. With PowerPoint presentations aplenty, an intricate structure they’re eager to boast about, and smartarse gags about temporal paradoxes, they are keen to impress that this is one clever show.
It’s impressive indeed, though not always funny. You admire their craft, for sure, but it’s perhaps too impersonally slick to engage your emotions, too.
Away from the self-consciously intellectual stuff are some more traditional sketches: a gag about Superman being able to disguise himself simply with glasses is probably as old as Action Comics itself, but nicely done; while a Deal Or No Deal spoof rightly exposes all the superstitious clap-trap that surrounds the opening of a cardboard box, before plunging down that clever route again with a PowerPoint demonstration of the probability theory behind the game.
The best are probably the Mastermind sketch – acknowledging the debt it owes to the Two Ronnies – and a nicely naïve scene in which Mould thinks the ‘girls in his area’ who advertise on late-night TV genuinely do just want a chat with him.
These are all built around the central conceit, that Mould and Arrowsmith are competing to create the best invention. Steve, who is Blue Peter’s science guy as he never tires of reminding us, surely has the advantage with his time machine – cue all those postmodern, self-referential sketches – while Gemma’s offering is a more modest affair, made of wood and pipe-cleaners.
The duo are likeable, natural performers, Arrowsmith wide-eyed and eager to please, Mould more assertive and show-offy. The hour they have created will nourish the intellect, but probably not the soul.
|Date of live review: Saturday 22nd Aug, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
Saw the show on Monday 24th. Brilliant, funny, clever, beautifully haphazard. Loved every minute of it.
We stumbled upon this show in the way one frequently stumbles upon shows at the fringe. Fantastic bouts of humour and geekiness that never seemed to leave anyone behind, an astounding accomplishment in any show featuring the word 'eigenstate'. This show represents an epic win.
This is an astonishingly good show presented by a warm and friendly double act whose attention to detail is evident within the first few seconds, and who give nothing less than a flawless performance for the whole hour you're in their company. Ostensibly performing their collection of sketches, Steve Mould and Gemma Arrowsmith quietly plant the seeds to an elaborate time-travel plot that envelops the show, while in the process studying the probability theory behind Deal or No Deal (to nothing less than degree level) and offering an analysis of the grammar used in, what else, but newspaper reviews of their own show. Aided by brilliant use of technology (plus some lovely films), they also demonstrate the comedic skill to have written something that continually surprises with its plot twists and ingenuity. It's rare, perhaps unique, for something as geeky as this to remain both funny and relevant to the casual fringe goer whilst offering a serious mental challenge to anyone prepared to take it on. The best in its genre at the Fringe. (They're also great at tongue twisters.)
This was one of the first shows I booked in advance when I was flicking through the Fringe guide a month earlier. I'm glad I did! The show is absolutely tremendous - it's funny, it's silly and its clever all at the same time. Without going into too much detail, the DoND sketch was a particular favourite of mine. Definitely worth the money and definitely worth the time. M+A are an absolute delight to watch and a pleasure to be around.