Bristol Revunions present a wonderful evening of non-stop gags

Bristol Revunions present a wonderful evening of non-stop gags

'Let me play the fool, with mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come' Act I, Scene I, The Merchant of Venice

Revs: The Holy Trinity commences with six actors performing a synchronised and deliberately amateur dance routine. Dialogue then ensues and it is revealed that they are dancing as a means to leave purgatory and enter heaven. When this fails it is suggested by one of the actors that they put on a sketch show, presumably to impress God and persuade him to open his gates.

A personal favourite of the Revs sketches is when two of the actresses take on the characters of policewomen in a town that has no crime. Instantly, themes from the film Hot Fuzz are evoked as this comical duo relay their boredom and dissatisfaction at the low crime levels. However, a hilarious twist is then introduced as the policewoman reveals that they commit crimes themselves to combat their town’s ‘problem’ of no crime. The two feigned policewoman deliver humorous accounts of their crimes with eloquence and expertise, despite the ridiculousness of their dialogue. In this sketch the actresses also engage with topical issues, remarking how they are exempt from the law, asking the audience questions like ‘who can arrest a cop?’, paralleling this exemption to the fact that a judge never goes to court. This sketch is exceptionally well written and in a few minutes the actresses professionally embody the ‘bored policeman’ stereotype through nothing but body language, varying facial expressions and their voices.

Another brilliant element to the writing of the sketch show is how it encompasses such a variety of themes, allowing the actors and actresses to cover vast ground and never leave the audience without a smile on their face. A particularly humorous element to the sketch is its ability to encompass the everyday mundane concerns that people talk about- such as having a broken boiler. ‘The boiler’s broke’ is repeated throughout the various sketches, with one of the female actress voicing this as her main concern even when embodying the captain of a sinking ship. The skill with which Revs thread this phrase throughout their script, and the humorous juxtaposition of the onstage action with the banal, emphasises the genius behind the writing.

Despite minimal props, a simplistic stage and no costume, the six actors and actresses of Revunions are quick-witted, professional, and plain old funny. I would definitely recommend this performance to anybody who wants an easy laugh and to witness a performance that is refreshingly simple and relatable.

****

Four stars

 

Charlotte Blair