Friday, 4 May 2012

★★★★½ "Fresh, hilarious and a great night out" - The Public Reviews

Thankyou The Public Reviews, and in particular Laura Stimpson, for this fantastic ★★★★½ (4½ stars) review of last night's Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre show at Square Chapel in Halifax..

(and not to give away too much of the content of the show, but I'm loving the tags she's attached to the post, including Alan Titchmarsh and Gordon Ramsay. If anyone's interested, Alan Titchmarsh was replaced by Don Burke of Burke's Backyard for the Adelaide version of the show). The review in full reads:

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer, director and performer: Kev F Sutherland

Reviewer: Laura Stimpson

The Public Reviews Rating: ★★★★½

Who’d have thought that going to see a man with a pair of socks on his hands could be so much fun? Guaranteed to laugh your socks off, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre arrived in Square Chapel, Halifax for one night only as part of their UK tour.

Walking into the theatre the song “We Will Sock You” (instead of We Will Rock You) really sets the scene for this night of silly fun. The show begins in good humour with a 21st Century Sox, instead of fox – you’re noticing a theme here, drops from the puppet theatre. Then the stars of the show enter the stage, 2 socks.

Just in case we were left in any doubt the socks perform “I’m a Sock” a humorous, silly, rhyming song including such lyrics as “I’m a sock, you wear me in the kitchen when you’re cooking with a wok” amongst many similarly silly lyrics. By this point the audience are settled in, feel involved and are laughing along.

The jokes and chat are relevant to the venue and Halifax which is a nice touch, and of course some putting down of the neighbouring villages always helps get the crowd on side. The socks, even though they can’t see the audience, manage to talk to individuals, throughout the course of the show.

The show is loosely based around the socks wanting to get on TV, thinking that maybe they will get their big break if a member of the audience works for a TV station. One sock is a more serious character, wanting to give a polished performance, whilst the other sock keeps getting it wrong and infuriates his partner. The content of the show covers a variety of topics from period dramas, Michael Jackson, a magic show, a travel sketch, a Western and a Musical. The highlights of the show are The Facebook song which is current and clever, a sketch between Alan Titchmarsh, Gordon Ramsey and Superman and a simple word association game.

Although this performance appears silly and effortless, there’s no denying that Kev F Sutherland is a top class comedian and performer. This one man show sees him quickly shift between three characters. He is very tuned in with the audience, reacting to their every reaction.

This double act is like nothing I’ve seen before, it’s fresh, hilarious and a great night out for all. Though it’s probably advisable to leave the kids at home.

Touring nationally throughout the year

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre's Spring Tour: Bath April 7 Milford Haven April 12Exeter April 13Bridlington April 14St Andrews April 25Aberdeen April 27Halifax May 3Keighley May 4Stafford May 5Chorley May 12Brighton May 19/20Hereford May 27Harrogate June 28/29Rondo Bath July 9 • Beverly Puppet Festival July 13 • Tring July 19 • Manchester July 20 • Nottingham + Guildford July 21 • Derby July 22 • Bedford July 27 • Edinburgh Fringe August 1-27. Spread the word.

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