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Charmian Hughes: Charmageddon!
The ancient Mayans predicted that the world would end this year, but they are not the first to prophesy the apocalypse. But just in case they are right, the world needs firm leadership from a woman of wisdom with mature charms and common sense to get us through the coming catastrophe.
Luckily we have Charmian Hughes!
End of The World? Party on! Charmian's here with apocalyptic fashion tips, romantic advice, badvent calendar, last wish fulfilment and a forbidden performance of the legendary dance of the seven cardigans. Using examples from World History and her own Teenage Diary, Charmian shows that even when it’s the end of the world, it isn’t
Charmian Hughes: Fringe 2012
Somehow, I thought the apocalypse would be better organised than this.
Charmian Hughes is marking the Mayans’ End Of Days with voguesh lo-fi charm: a seven-panel advent calendar concealing home-sketched drawings that supposedly encapsulate the situation.
But the forced theme does not suit her well, requiring all manner of long-winded setups to try to shoehorn her one-liners into the conceit. And because there’s no genuine narrative, the hour is muddled and laboured as she tries to create one from nothing.
The jokes themselves cover the entire spectrum, to the tricksy puns you admire despite the strained wordplay, to gags a Christmas cracker manufacturer might baulk at. ‘We have sheepdog trials. What have the sheepdog done?’ Or a line that confuses Wii with wee. Oh dear. Then there’s the ‘what if
The show is delivered with a folksy down-to-earth charm. After one lovely geographical pun, Hughes utters a modest ‘thank you’ at the reaction, as she was clearly brought up to be polite. She likes knitting and showing us a teenage scrapbook she made. She could be Josie Long’s mum.
But that only gets you so far, and the show is too heavily concerned on talking nonsense around the arbitrary apocalyptic theme, and someone who trades in short jokes need them to come quicker than this. There are a few other bits of business to vary the tone, such as a game from a 1912 book she found that doesn’t pay off, or a ‘dance of the seven cardigans’ which is a bit more daft, and a suitable closer in tone, if not in content given all this end-of-the-world build-up.
It’s an hour of amiable bumbling, but not enough to induce much rapture.
|Date of live review: Saturday 18th Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
Saw Charmian at Herne Hill Tavern. Very funny, I loved the diary section and the accordion sets.