Tuesday, 21 February 2012

"Roll up, roll up!" The Socks first Adelaide Review

The first review for the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre's show at the Garden of Unearthly Delights has come in from the Adelaide Advertiser:

ROLL up, roll up, for the smash-hit sock-sess of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Marvel as the puppeteer transforms a pair of dull, grey, lifeless socks into vaudeville comedy stars.

They single-handedly romp through the genres, pitching in for magic and musicals, skits and sketches.

Like Laurel and Hardy, or Abbott and Costello ("Who's on first?") they bounce jokes off one another and argue over simple misunderstandings. The sidekick stole the show with a solo performance, Always a Bastard to Me.

Unfortunately the characters sound identical, so the voice of one runs into the other and the falsetto voice wears a bit thin over an hour, so the mime to the hit song by "the people's paedophile" brought welcome relief.

Watch out for the Scottish slang - the word play elicits tears of laughter for those in the know.

Okay, so it gives away a couple of punchlines and seems to have a problem with falsetto characters having high voices, but it's not a bad review at all. It's 3-and-a-half stars, which is less than we're used to (we've never had half a star before, that's novel) so let's see what effect either way this has on sales. Yesterday was a day off cos the Gardens were closed, and today we bounce back refreshed with some nicely repaired props (did we mention a couple of them melted during Sunday night's show, the one when the reviewer was in?) and an increased desire to prove the Socks are the best show in town.

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide every night at 7.45 until March 18th. Tickets here.

Four & a half thumbs-up review from The Punch
"Roll up roll up" - Adelaide Advertiser review
"Side-splitting laughs" - FIVEaa review
"Delightfully silly and thoroughly enjoyable" - The Heckler
"Head-slappingly funny" - Festival Freak review
Adelaide Waiting - Socks video

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