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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Two Left Hands: Another Mouthful
Sketch group 2 Left Hands at Chortle's Fast Fringe
Clip from 2009 Edinburgh Fringe show
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After capitalism's spectacular fall from grace, Charlotte Hudson and Leila Hackett are keen to usher in the new, unselfish ways of the world. They're not doing Edinburgh to further their comedy careers - oh no. They're doing it for the planet. For the unemployed. For the children... and obviously for the depressed orang-utans.
But can altruism work? aren't all relationships, functioning or otherwise, ultimately a trade-off?
Two Left Hands: Another MouthfulĖ Fringe 2009
A wet afternoon in the Pleasance Courtyard made for a damp and largely subdued audience; gently steaming (and not in the right way) and not laughing a great deal, which is a damn shame as what they were watching was original, intelligent and nicely pitched humour.
In 2007 Two Left Hands came away from their debut Edinburgh with a raft of star ratings that adorn this yearís poster. Itís easy to see why. Opening with a recession busting free gift for the audience, they breeze into their first sketch as enthusiastic librarians keen to make libraries cool to Year 10 students.
Itís possibly one of their weakest moments but the sketch that follows sets the bar for the rest of the show Ė a wonderfully absurdist skit featuring a cut flower sat in a vase on a hospital ward, told by the potted plants at the next bed that she probably only has a week left to live. A running gag of how Pauline Prescott came to win the Nobel peace prize after being coached by Cherie Blair channelling Mr T is equally and gloriously off the wall.
But itís not all about the oddball. Thereís a strong feminist (donít panic, itís not a dirty word) streak throughout the work. The imagined historical scenarios featuring great women in history taps into the fact that even in the 21st century a womanís success in life is still, to a large degree, judged on her status as a wife and mother rather than any her other achievements. After all how many women are still considered odd because they choose to have no children?
So on the occasion of her wedding Charlotte Bronteís Dad is most chuffed Ė and relieved - that she has finally bagged a man, and during Florence Nightingaleís funeral service the vicar considers her lasting legacy is that it was a shame she died a spinster. Elsewhere the housewives with cupcake and frilly apron fixations satirise the current trend for the fetishising of the Fifties housewife and penchant for posh stripping otherwise known as burlesque.
Literary references abound too with Macbethís witches fronting a Loose Women style magazine programme and Learís Owl and the Pussy Catís relationship is deconstructed as a mixed race relationship steeped in the political.
Great writing, sharp humour Ė a left-field hit.
|Date of live review: Tuesday 18th Aug, '09|
Review by Marissa Burgess
Sorry, but old man Bronte was NOT relieved by his daughter's marriage. Indeed, he did not attend because he believed it was mistake on Charlotte's part. I believe that he felt marriage would kill her. He was right.