Love & Rabbits

Mon 4th – Fri 15th August 2014

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Ben Horton

at 09:31 on 13th Aug 2014

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If you’re feeling languid post-lunch and looking for a brief respite from the buzz of the Fringe, then you could do worse than head down to the Lizard Lounge and take a look at Love and Rabbits, by comedy bards the Underground Clown Club. In a world where the most popular comedy too often relies on gratuitous swearing, it’s really refreshing to see an act get regular laughs from an audience with no expletives uttered.

Katie Overstall and Andrew Skipper love and obsess about words – they begin and end their performance with the manic repetition of “words, words, words, words, words, words, words.” The show is infused with a kind of childish glee at their freedom, and virtuosic ability, to mess around with English. Although they self-deprecatingly claim that “words are a risk,” you feel safe in their hands after just a few minutes of this symphony of homophones and homonyms.

They range across vast expanse of themes, from love to the moon, animals, a surly clock, and “the vacuum of space” (heroic voices accompany this title). Their flippancy and refusal to take themselves too seriously is manifested in this last poem which, despite its weighty title, begins with the line “vacuuming space is really hard.”

One of the most touching poems is about a child’s love of snow, and their outrage when they wake up and see that animals and birds have trampled all over it over night. It’s quite tragic at first, a poem that anyone can relate their childhood to, but aided by some quirky animal impressions the dynamic duo manage to transform the poem into something quite magical.

Although this is ostensibly a poetry reading, we all lounge around on sofas and look arty whilst Andy and Katie perform. It is clear that the writers have a love for drama too. They have written and acted in plays as well as this show, which I for one will be looking up, and their ease on the stage really complements the obvious enthusiasm they have for their subject matter. Although they extract few belly laughs from the nonetheless appreciative audience, there is an almost constant chuckle circulating the room as this gently amusing feast for the ears wends its way through the English language. Anyone with a penchant for word play or carrots should check out this show.

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Hannah Blythe

at 09:50 on 13th Aug 2014

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Katie Overstall and Andrew Skipper clearly love playing with words. Together they form The Underground Clown Club and present the literary comedy act, ‘Love and Rabbits’. This delightfully playful collection of lively rhyme and polished physical drama proved a pleasant and amusing forty five minutes.

‘Love and Rabbits’ took place in one of Fringe’s smallest venues. As I seated myself in a comfy arm chair, accompanied by a cup of coffee and a roomful of probably-English-students, I suddenly felt as though I could be in quaint literary café in Oxford.

The Underground Clown Club billed their act as ‘children’s poetry for adults.’ It certainly appealed to the child in me. Katie and Andy artfully represented the influence classic literary characters can have on a child’s imagination. At one point the pair searched for woozles, before realising that finding a woozle would be a very scary experience indeed. More impressively, The Underground Clown Club were able to summarise many of the absurd, but seemingly ubiquitous, notions of youth. In one poem they described the intense fear of hearing noises in the dark when lying in bed. Suddenly, a playful twist to this apparently rather mundane rhyme, made the audience chuckle appreciatively.

The forty five minutes progressed pleasantly. ‘Love and Rabbits’ is not the most exciting show in the world. There is little deviation from the youthful puns and jolly nonsense verse. The poetry is not challenging or particularly though-provoking. But, then again, it is not meant to be. I found my mind wandering on numerous occasions, though some clever audience interaction did break things up a little.

I’d describe ‘Love and Rabbits’ as amusing, rather than hilarious. Pleasing puns and jolly little memories of childhood kept a smile on my face throughout. The act was far from ground-breaking, but it was also far from boring. If you find yourself on the edge of the New Town with a spare hour, mosey on down to this free little show. The sofas are comfy, the poems are fun, and the atmosphere is friendly.

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