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The Penny Dreadfuls Present: The Never Man
A terrifying new comedy thriller set on a mysterious themepark island.
The competition-winners are thrilled to wake up on Beef Island, the joyous themepark resort, full of your favourite beefy friends.
But there’s no way out for one man, waking up with a jolt, remembering nothing of his past. Beef by beef he starts to uncover the horrifying secret behind the island . . .
Penny Dreadfuls: The Never Man
Over the past three years, the distinctive Victorian theme of their Aeneas Faversham shows have helped the Penny Dreadfuls stand out from the comedy crowd. That, and the considerable performing talents of Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck that brought their comic capers to life.
But their latest offering bravely shuns that world in favour of a more modern milieu. The Never Man is an imaginative action-adventure set on the mysterious theme park island of Beef Island. But is everything what it seems? Well, no, of course not. It would be pretty thin plot if it were…
The story is prefaced by some engaging out-of-character, front-cloth banter between the trio, setting the scene for a much looser show than before, now unconstrained by the starched emotions of Victorian England. They are now more free to play with the theatrical conceit of their endeavours: making myriad gags about trying to stage an 007 plot on a 0.07p budget, freely ad-libbing, even corpsing, and frequently giving the audience a knowing postironic wink – all of which give the show a thoroughly relaxed feel.
Everyone knows the conventions of these clichéd Hollywood yarns, so rather than simply offering a direct spoof of the genre, which a lesser troupe may attempt, the Penny Dreadfuls gleefully muck about with the expectations, producing a charming, silly and very funny hour of knockabout entertainment.
A grizzled ex-cop connives his way on to the sinister island, where mysterious meat magnate Dr Beef has assembled a bunch of Willy Wonka-style competition winners for the first tour of his new venture. Along the way he must deal with mad scientists, a confused amnesiac, My Little Pony-wielding henchman and an over-eager eight-and-three-quarters-year-old boy, who insists on tagging along.
It is young Paul – daftly and deftly played by 6ft 7in Ker – that provides the strongest, most subversive thread to the proceedings, not to mention many of the best lines, but almost all the exaggerated characters (with the probable exception of the irritating Australian backpackers) provide a rich line of gags.
Like the League Of Gentlemen before them, the Penny Dreadfuls have found a way to run together great sketches with a narrative – however unlikely – to keep the audience engaged. The result is like an Austin Powers film, but with buckets more wit.
|Date of live review: Monday 25th May, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
Finally a review I agree with! I don't like being negative about the reviews here but so many of them are overly critical, whereas this one describes the show perfectly - it may not be the wittiest comedy around (though the PD's have prooved they're more than capable of that with The Brothers Faversham), but it's definitely one of the funniest.
This show was great and very funny :)
These guys really aren't as good as they are cracked up to be- sorry guys. Saw them last night and there were brief moments that were funny but it's very OTT characterisation and silly voices that don't hold your interest amid so much other great comic stuff at the mo. Sure they're good blokes though.