Footlights and Friends

Tue 24th January 2012


Divya R

at 08:58 on 25th Jan 2012



Footlights and Friends opened in front of a packed ADC Theatre. The hour-long performance was divided between three groups, the Footlights, the Leeds Tealights, and The Bristol Revunions.

The Cambridge Footlights were by far the most creative. While their performances were not quite the funniest of the night, they were the ones I could have watched for hours. Their performance was clever and full of variety, with everything form a crack den to a father who kills animals to an old-school masturbator. The typewriter skit was particularly inspired—absolutely hilarious. Their punchlines were unexpected, and the audience was kept on its toes.

The Leeds Tealights had the funniest performance, in my opinion. They had energy and a sense of chemistry between the performers—it was clear that the performers knew each other well and worked off of the group’s energy. Their Casablanca-inspired skit was very funny, and the hot water bottle piece was bizarre and hilarious. One performer was impressive in his imitation of a gossiping party girl with a possibly comatose friend named Joyce. But their best skit was the dreamcatcher one. Absolutely hilarious. Overall, the Tealights were able to work incredibly well together, and their interaction made them a pleasure to watch.

I found the Bristol Revunions to be disappointing. They relied too heavily on musical cues and goofy dancing. Yes, goofy dance moves are funny, but silly dancing was the basis of many of their skits, and I found this to be a cop-out and boring after a while. Redeeming features were their opening skit about the London Olympics, their costumes, and their funniest member, a female performer with a great sense of comedic timing and formidable acting skills.

Footlights: B+

Tealights: A

Revunions: C


Joseph Chidera

at 09:54 on 25th Jan 2012



What has more promise of an evening of side splitting laughter, intelligent puns, and comedic genius, than a comedy night put on by the Cambridge Footlights, the Leeds Tealights and the Bristol Revunions? Apparently a lot of things. Though there were moments in the show that displayed flashes of real comedic flair, which definitely made the performance above average, it did not live up to the high expectations that one has of what should be the best comedic talent of these universities.

Let's start with the Footlights.

The Footlights displayed by far the most creativity out of the three troupes. Their sketches varied greatly in style and content, and manifested an intelligent humour which made their performance more slick than the other three. It additionally placed them as the only troupe that I would have been willing to watch for longer than they actually performed. Nevertheless, while the overall acting was satisfactory, it would have enhanced their total set if all of the performers were more true to the characters that they were portraying, thus increasing the humour of their sketches.

The Tealights were my personal favourite of the three troupes. Though there sketches were not as intelligent as those of the Footlights, their sketches were improved due to their overall usage of physical theatre. In comparison to the Footlights they were less honed but displayed more raw talent. I particularly liked a sketch depicting a mother, played by a man, who hires a dreamcatcher to help a child with nightmare issues. It culminated in a fight between a large man, various monsters, and child who was more scared after her mothers help than before.

Of the three I found the Bristol Revunions the least funny. Aside from their cool smurf-like outfits, specifically their extremely short yellow shorts, and the background music that they used to start almost all of their sketches, their performance lacked the bite that the other troupes manifested.

On a side note there was a notable lack of women in all three groups; the Footlights having none, while the Tealights and the Revunions had one each. This was a shame as some of the best performances of the night were by women. The female member of the Revunions was the best of her group. She maintained a high level of energy and commitment to every character that she played, demonstrated particularly well in the sketch where she depicted the imaginary friend of a sadistic child.

The main hitches of the night for all three groups were lighting issues, which they all handled professionally.

Overall it was a good night but could have done more to live up to the reputations that all three troupes wield.


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