WHAT IF THEY WERE WRONG?
Written and performed by Two Funny
Flash Theatre Festival 2016
As an honest reviewer, I have to state here and now, that I do not care for clowns, clowning, mime or slapstick.
As an astonished reviewer, I have to state that I adored our two clowns, Cynthia Lebbos and Benjamin Williams, I loved their clowning, mime and slapstick! From the first second when Cynthia stepped on stage, I was under her spell and when the totally demented Benjamin joined in, I was hooked.
Cynthia’s character, a diminutive , innocent looking, elfin creature with a teletubbie voice almost lulls us into a false sense of security. The less innocent of us should have realised something was amiss when she produced 50 Shades of Gray from her bottomless bag and declare it as her favourite! As she goes off for bread for her picnic, enter the long, skinny and, as I said before, the totally demented character portrayed by Benjamin. With his hat pulled down over his ears, his squeaky otter toy and his huge bag, he trashes Cynthia’s picnic and lays out his own.
What ensues is a master class in clowning and the use of the audience. From the start we are used to the full, and the direct jokes to us just add to the joy of the performance. Who knew that pointing out the bread was “reduced” could make us shake with laughter? Ridiculous but true.
Everyone will agree the wedding scene was without doubt, one of the funniest things they will have seen throughout Flash 2016. Using not less than five members of the audience, the next 10 minutes were trouser wettingly funny. No description would give a clue as to how the whole thing worked, but work it did and by now, I was aching all over from grinning and laughing so much.
Wedded bliss was not on the cards for our love struck clown couple and it soon became obvious that the female is deadlier than the male. He is sent to the dungeon and we are given weapons and sent down after him. Exit the studio and down to the basement and poor Benjamin is subject to more abuse. However the worm turns and the bloodbath that follows was darkly funny.
It was obvious that a huge amount of work has gone into this production and I can imagine that it has been polished many times over. What resulted was great fun, great theatre and something to be very proud of. As with all stories, there is a message to be gleaned and this was one of anger management and how it can get out of control.
Congratulation to you both, Cynthia and Benjamin, you suit each other very well and I hope you bring this show to wider audiences soon. If you do, please ask the audience to use the toilets before they come in or you ill without doubt, find damp seats when they leave!