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Penny Spubb's - Prawn Free. (Page 62).
Drams full glass full glass.
Venue Pleasance Courtyard. (Venue 33).
Address 60 The Pleasance.
Reviewer Leanna Rance.

Penny Spubbs - Prawn Free is a bit like Tales of the Unexpected with laughs. Strange, dark ideas with tortured comic twists, bizarre tangents, interesting nuances and dappled shades of meaning. Anna Crilly and Katy Wix are subversive without overplaying their hand. They, for the main part, avoid obvious targets and undercut sinister with silliness.

We're treated to homosexual owls, musical shoes, anti-alcopops crusaders, imaginary horses - and I have to confess I'm left with a rather nasty visual of 'Alan Titmarsh bumming a toad'. Tipped for success after last year's Edinburgh show, the pair have since gone on to write for Ricky Gervais amongst others. Part of their success must be attributed to the synergy between the two, their on-stage personas melding beautifully where required, yet remaining separate, strong entities.

There were some disappointments in Prawn Free. The parody of female stand-ups, the rule of three gag and a small amount of the other material feeling comparatively lackluster and uninspired - or conversely, smug - thereby detracting from the whole. But in the main, the wealth of ideas and the bespoke delivery more than compensated.

An interesting pair, who should certainly do well in the future.
©Leanna Rance - 19 August 2006 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com .
Runs to 20 August at 17.10 every day, excepting 15.
Company - Anna Crilly and Katy Wix.


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