Monday, 13 August 2012

★★★★ "A riot of laughs" Broadway Baby - Chunky Woollen Nits

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - Chunky Woollen Nits

Venue Number 14. Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House,13 Bristo Square , EH8 9AJ. 2-26 August 11:00 (1 hour). Suitability: U.
Broadway Baby Rating:
Audience Rating:
Stars of stage, screen, and Doctor Who DVDs present a show for kids aged seven upwards (and their pet grown-ups). Songs, sketches, socks and violence. 'Filthy wee tykes' **** (Scotsman).
Venue:Gilded Balloon
Genre:Childrens Shows
Production Company:Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

Sock It To Me

Broadway Baby Rating:
The notoriously foul-mouthed Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets have toned down their act for this family friendly show. Or, at least, they’ve tried to. They haven’t quite got the hang of it yet. This is their first foray into children’s entertainment, which they jokingly hope will lead to a slot on the BBC. Their children’s show is certainly censored, but that doesn’t mean the socks always behave themselves; they’re still as cheeky as ever. This is partly what makes the show so hilarious. The socks interaction with the young audience is very funny – at one point they referred to a child as a ‘gurgling lump’. When they asked what the children enjoy watching on telly, the response they got was ‘death!’ Hilarity ensued and the socks ad-libbed response was very witty.
Despite being a children’s show, the majority of the jokes will go over their heads. The sock puppets actually point out that parents will probably need to explain a lot of the jokes after the show. It didn’t seem to matter that the kids couldn’t possibly understand all the jokes; it seems the novelty of singing Scottish socks is enough to keep them roaring with laughter.
It’s a jam-packed show. The socks aim is to be ‘educational’ and they run through every genre -or ‘genry,’ as they pronounce it- in an hour, covering the western, horror, the musical, the period drama and even magic. These socks are versatile dramatists and they switch costumes with an astonishing grace and dignity. Okay, not really, but that’s why this show is so very funny. Their attempt to tackle these genre’s goes purposely, hilariously wrong.
Sock jokes, bad puns and Cliff Richard jokes abound and a large part of the humour is based on long-running jokes surrounding the misunderstanding of words. Sometimes these jokes begin to tire, but mostly this is the kind of show that will make your face hurt from laughing so much.
When the socks hold up the wrong lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, it was hilarious. Before the show started a backing-track plays of the sock puppets singing their own version of the Cee Loo Green song, re-titled “sock you!” They humorously sing, “I pity the foo-ol who doesn’t like our stuff.” I do too because these socks are a riot of laughs and should be enjoyed by all ages.

Rebecca Brown
Rebecca Brown has written 17 reviews for Broadway Baby since joining the team in 2012.

Laughed until I cried

Fiona Davy Rating:
For the first 10 minutes of Chunky Woollen Knits I was wiping tears from my eyes! I attended with Miss S (11) & Master T (9) who took 5 to 10 minutes to warm to the humour (or possibly the Scottish accent as we are all from down-under!) but the whole show kept us laughing and amazed by the puppeteer's ability to keep the show flowing whilst interacting, or rather the puppets were interacting, with the audience! No 'rudey' words to offend little ears but enough double entendre to keep the parents laughing!

Fiona Davy

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