Crazy Walls: A Sketchy Show

Tue 15th – Sat 19th November 2016

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Clare Cavenagh

at 16:31 on 16th Nov 2016

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Crazy Walls: A Sketch Show is not at all erroneous in its self-appointed qualifier. Riss Obolensky and Henry Wilkinson (or should that be Henry Wilkinson and Riss Obolensky?) are both SO WEIRD, but if you are too, you will love this comedy show, and leave it giggling into the night air, as my accomplice and I did. You'll have to suspend any and all expectations, and you may have to dance, but this show comes highly recommended.

The setting of Crazy Walls is the earth after some kind of intriguingly defined nuclear/biological disaster. The planet has been ravaged, destroyed, has lost much of its population, but Obolensky, Wilkinson, and the lucky audience have survived, and congregated in the Bunker I mean Corpus Playroom I mean Bunker for an evening of storytelling, recalling with fondness (kind of ) the good old days before everyone melted.

The stage of the Playroom begins with the kind of sparse, pushed-back set which typically denotes the constraints of the main show's staging. In this case however, Obolensky and Wilkinson seem determined to make their mark on the place. They take every opportunity to spread all kinds of rubbish around the stage, including but not limited to: blood, salad, water, custard and trifle. At one point, while transitioning between sketches, Obolensky remarks that the "stage's messy". How delightfully true.

The journey begins with an uncomfortably interactive opening ceremony featuring folk-dancing and the sort of weird brandishing of objects you get in big public events - you know, people running about with wavy blue cardboard pretending to be oceans. From there, things get a little bit weird. Highlights include food murder, a dead baby sketch (one of the top crowd-pleasers), a Red Panic sketch, too many sketches about old people, lots of interpretive dance, and the obligatory Trump joke. A falling out between the two Bunkerites leads to Wilkinson demarcating the stage space with masking tape, like we all did with a younger sibling back in the day. When finished, he shouts "I'm building a wall, and you're going to pay for it".

Crazy Walls is certainly crazy, anarchic, at times incomprehensible, potentially makes too much of audience participation, but above all it's a huge amount of fun. I haven't yet fallen out of the door of the Playroom in fits of giggles, but last night, I did. All I can do now is recommend that you grab a ticket so you can too.

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