Culture Writer Frankie Rhodes reviews a moving touring production of Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Spendid SunsWritten by Frankie Rhodes on 17th May 2019
The Birmingham Footnotes Presents: A Comedy Sketch Show
The Birmingham Footnotes are known for their comedy, and comedy did they bring last weekend, unaffected by the snow (except for the topical video which opened the evening).
The show’s programme, with its remakes of iconic film posters, may have worried some members of the audience, who thought they were going to be embarrassed by having to admit they had never seen certain films, and therefore had no idea what the sketches were about. Luckily, the programme was just a red-herring, and the show was completely accessible, especially in its use of UOB in-jokes; the audience roared with laughter at forgotten TurnItIn numbers and lecturers having to call for IT support, which all, of course, came with a sketch show twist.
The Footnotes utilised multi-media very well, using videos as interludes and other sketches. A personal favourite was ‘The Hob Bit’, in which Jacob Lovick delivered an excellent deadpan spoof. The spoofs were rife during the evening, but were always humorous and never cliched or tired takes on legendary films; the gangster bees were a touch of genius.
What was most refreshing about the evening was that the cast had tangible chemistry, meaning that a variety of pairings and groupings worked excellently. The sketches were generally original and unexpected, and posed interesting questions, such as, ‘What would it be like to be stuck in a porn film?’ Some sketches transitioned into the downright bizarre, with one documenting the relationship between one man and his elbow, and another looking at a slightly psychotic Sat Nav.
Overall, the Birmingham Footnotes definitely delivered on the comedy front, keeping the audience entertained and very glad that they had braved the arctic weather conditions for a hilarious evening.
Photographs by: Alexandra Martino and Stefano John Dozza