Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
For 45-ish years, The Durham Revue have been a feel-good force in sketch comedy, giving us some of the countries best loved comedians. The 2018 cast is absolutely no exception to this fine form. From the moment the show begins, with wonderfully self-referential sketch, there is a clear, immediate energy and chemistry between all of the performers.
The writing throughout is first-class, covering topics such as representation in comedy, shaming, sea shells (providing one of the darkest jokes I heard at the Fringe this year) and the ethical sourcing of meat by discount high street supermarkets, as well as pretty much everything in between. Each sketch is beautifully observed and performed with great skill.
There is an anarchic charm to the way this cast works together and performers – a feel of the acerbic wit of the ground-breaking comedy from the 70’s with that scope turned on millennial culture. Every moment is fresh and original with a lot of unexpected twists and turns along the way.
This was a hugely enjoyable hour of comedy showcased by a cast who all of very bright futures ahead of them.
Written by Christopher Moriarty.
The Durham Revue presents Zeitgeist
Underbelly Cowgate @ 1320
2nd – 26th August (not 13th)