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An evening in the company of Quite Nice Theatre will leave you with an aching jaw from spending the whole time smiling from ear to ear.
A fundraising gala at the Shehnai Olympia Ballroom last week, to mark the start of the theatre company’s journey to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, showcased award-winning This Was Your Life and previewed new show Snakes! The Musical.
It isn’t hard to see why snappy and devilishly witty This Was Your Life has won three prestigious awards – the writing is genius, the acting is sharp and the comic timing is meticulous.
The inventive and quirky black comedy production sees the audience cast as a studio audience in a mock version of an iconic biographical TV show, who get to vote on the fate of a recently deceased contestants – should he go to heaven or hell?
Three actors take on 25 roles to show the contestant recalling moments from his life through key family members, friends and enemies coming on as guests.
Writer and director Thom Sellwood has been cultivating the show for six years and the latest version, which has been developed while it is has toured during the last two years, is a laugh-a-second.
The trio of actors manage to deliver every word with vigour and provoke uncontainable laughter from the audience while still transforming themselves within a split second to varied and well-crafted characters.
Will Guppy delights with his characterisation of bewildered contestant Will transforming to a number of characters including smarmy yet hilarious show producer Alec.
Sam Harding dazzles with his sparkling performance as German temptress Mimi, whizzing from fishnets and a wig back to suited and booted presenter Dann Starshine.
Marina Waters plays the most versatile range of characters – from dreaded ex Fiona to cantankerous grandad – and her singing and harmonies hold the show together.
Fresh, funny and FUNtastic, this show sets the bar high for Thom Sellwood’s next creation.
And Snakes does not disappoint.
A seen-for-the-first-time sneak preview opts for a similar format – a show within a show where the winning combination of intelligent songs and ironic poking fun works.
This time the audience are Broadway producers with actors demonstrating a potential musical based on a film and asking for millions of pounds worth of funding.
Think Book of Mormon and Jerry Springer the Musical – this production once again flips the traditional idea of a musical on its head and produces something far more dangerous and sexy.
Both productions will be part of Edinburgh Fringe from August 1 to 25.
You can catch Snakes! The Musical at the Reading Fringe Festival at Watlington House on July 19 and 20.
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