Pythonesque, Udderbelly's Pasture
Tuesday 25 August 2009
And now for something if not completely different, then at least reassuringly familiar.
Pythonesque, "a series of inter-related sketches in the style of Monty Python", is a loving homage to the six men who changed the face of British comedy long before most performers at this year's Fringe were even born.
Roy Smiles (who also wrote the West End hit tribute to the Goons, Ying Tong) has crafted a witty little piece, telling the story of the Monty Python gang from its formation to its dissolution, with some well-loved Python jokes along the way.
So we see John Cleese's (Mark Burrell, a beanpole in pinstripes and platform shoes) first audition where his set-piece is, what else, a silly walk, while, upon arriving at the pearly gates, Graham Chapman (urbane Chris Polick) is subjected to a Spanish Inquisition-style grilling.
Alongside these old friends, Smiles's script brings in other illuminating ideas – the inter-comedian rivalry, the Pythons' attitude to women and the crazed loyalty of the fans.
The cast all have fine talents for mimicry, not least James Lance who plays a sleazily indignant Eric Idle, a laconic Terry Gilliam and a superior David Frost – occasionally more than one of them at once – to hilarious effect.
To 31 Aug (08445 458 252)
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
Better Call Saul creator Peter Gould on the creative concerns of a prequel, season 2 and the mind-numbing realities of the small courts
Britain's Got Talent 2015: RSPCA investigating Marc Metral's miming dog after cruelty complaints
Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens trailer: The most extreme fan reactions on Twitter
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has leaked – watch
Madonna might be a stand-up comedy virgin - but she wasn't terrible
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'