Robin and Partridge: Robin Dies at the End of the Show

Wed 30th July – Sun 24th August 2014

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Tom Gellatly

at 18:04 on 10th Aug 2014

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When you walk into Robin and Partridge’s show for the first time, you’ll likely be greeted with party poppers being handed out, some jovial greetings and maybe some gentle mockery. It’s a great, welcoming and refreshingly casual beginning to a show which progresses very much in the same vein, and Robin and Partridge’s strong first impression is left very much intact by the end of their production.

Robin Dies at the End of Show is a strange beast of a production; it is part sketch-show, part audience participation extravaganza and part advertisement – and a great one, at that – for Hull. Yes, the city. The titular pair are very charismatic and likeable guys, able to pull off virtually every single joke they attempt with gusto, and the audience at our showing understandably lapped up every minute of it.

Some of the funnier segments include their poetry readings as a made up, liberal and middle class duo Justice Radiator, a one night stand that Robin has with the grim reaper, and one particularly excellent exchange delivered in a made up language which is a combination of Norwegian and Swedish, with hilariously timed subtitles. The show has enough variety, and the pace is quick enough, that it never comes close to being boring at any point, merely moving onwards and upwards with every new sketch, never giving the audience time stop laughing.

Robin and Partridge have clearly polished their material to within an inch of its life, and some of the show’s greatest moments are borne out of their incredibly perfected ability to be able to speak, sing, prance and pontificate in absolutely dead-on synchronisation with one another. The first ‘joke train’ they start is an unexpected and amazing phenomenon that I don’t want to spoil, suffice to say that it is something I am going to endeavour to incorporate into my own life from now on.

By the end of Robin and Partridge’s show, after the eponymous death has (not-so-unexpected-spoilers) occurred, I found myself not quite sated by their particularly off-kilter brand of humour, which is a commendation I don’t often find myself to be able to give to comedy shows. I’d recommend Robin and Partridge’s idiosyncratic little world of humour to anybody in the mood to be thoroughly, and uniquely, entertained for a good hour or so, and also to any keen party popper enthusiasts.

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Marnie Langeroodi

at 00:58 on 11th Aug 2014

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Robin and Partridge are fantastic. This comedy show is one of the best things I’ve seen at the Fringe. A mix of one-liners, dance, music and more – this duo cover almost every possible way to tell a joke in the hour.

The structure of the show is impressive; as the title suggests, there is an overarching theme throughout – Death (hilariously performed by Partridge) is out to get Robin and the countdown to his demise is set. Various sketches and characters recur along the way – the Justice Poetry was hilarious, as was the Norwedish, and… actually it was all just brilliant.

I don’t think there is a single joke that misses the mark. Robin and Partridge constantly make you laugh and you don’t have to wait long for the punchline. The duo are so charismatic that every gesture and expression is instantly amusing. Robin and Partridge work together perfectly and their delivery is spot on – the same jokes said by someone else could crash and burn.

The two are completely in sync; the show is clearly well written, planned and rehearsed yet it doesn’t feel stale or artificial. It is simply flawless. Though quite a few characters are featured, all are worthwhile, and nothing is rushed. Robin and Partridge make the audience feel totally at ease; they are friendly, engaging and completely in control. The show works well with a small crowd and can be just as great with a large audience.

Even with the ridiculously overwhelming amount of shows at the fringe, I could see this one again and again.

The show could only be improved by ending exactly when Robin dies (and no – that’s not a spoiler!) I didn’t find the off-stage/afterlife chat entertaining. A sudden ending would also have the added benefit of leaving the audience wanting more, which isn’t a bad way to go.

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