Lady Garden at the Laughing Horse New Act Final 2009

Note: This review is from 2009

Review by Steve Bennett

Lady Garden are a hugely accomplished – and much-acclaimed – sketch group. These six young women are clearly slick, versatile and talented comedy performers, although the three brief sketches their seven-minute slot allowed didn’t quite do them justice. The first, about three Sloaney girls and their spiralling one-upmanship for authenticity in their vintage clothing, is more knowing than funny, and necessarily drawn-out; wile their second, set in Tesco’s monopolistic call centre, was funnier, thanks largely to the taut timing of the performance.

The final scene, though, is the one that really made an impression, with the sextet taking boisterous ladette culture to its absolute extreme and be having like the rowdiest stag party on a night out. Funny, perfectly observed and energetically performed, this is the sort of calling-card that will open doors.

Review date: 9 Jun 2009
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