Bristol Revunions: Glass

Sun 6th – Sat 26th August 2017

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Simona Ivicic

at 10:47 on 18th Aug 2017

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With Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden’s ‘Bonkers’ blaring at us and the cast doing a range of intentionally rigid and robotic dance moves, it became pretty obvious that this series of comedy sketches was going to be just that - bonkers. Through a sequence of clumsy interactions this cast of five poke fun at everyday situations, but make them interesting to watch. However, at times the show comes across as slightly haphazard and the sketches pointless as there is no natural progression to the show. The only running joke received the greatest laughs as it built up momentum. The development of the murder of Michael was consistently amusing and creatively integrated into the sketches.

Bristol Revunions ‘Glass’ is nothing if not original. The topic of the sketch is quite ordinary, but the approach they take to the situation is curiously bizarre and sometimes childish, but brilliant nonetheless. My only real criticism is that the set up of some of the jokes is not always done particularly well, because it is sometimes unclear what it is they are impersonating or where they are. This is simply due to the lack of props or any form of physical indication of what might be happening, therefore, as an audience member some of the sketches felt confusing and at times were slow to pick up on. This was the case with what I personally deem the funniest sketch in the show: the hand-dryer sketch. It was perfectly executed, it was witty and above all it was original, but it took a little time to catch on to what was actually happening. Nevertheless the impact of the joke was not lost. With virtually no props on stage, the cast make intelligent use of their bodies to physically represent whatever it is the plot needs, from doors to hand driers, this cast really do do it all.

Naturally not every sketch can be as hilarious as the others and there were some comedic gaps, but the show contains a lot of genuinely great material and each member is crucial in bringing something different to the table. James Trickey and Ben Gosling stood out as ones to watch as they appeared naturally hilarious. Their Christmas turkey scene was word for word perfect as virtually every sentence had the audience giggling along. Although the logic of some of the set-ups don’t quite make sense, this absurd and quite frankly ridiculous series of sketches is littered with a plethora of jokes that are sure to make you crease.

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Anna Ley

at 12:59 on 18th Aug 2017

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A creatively childish sketch show, The Bristol Revunion’s ‘Glass’ is a series of unfolding Chinese boxes, yet some were left unopened. Sketchy in its humour, there were some moments of laughter resounding through the beautiful venue, and the ‘international accent helpline’ routine was a favourite. Yet, amongst such peaks of amusement there was an air of stagnancy to some of their jokes that were not grasped by their audience. It was an unsustained evening of laughter, the funniness fluctuating from sketch to sketch, and though they always had someone laughing, it never reached everyone in the room.

The sketch- show- specialising group of charismatic actors did not need props or sets, in fact their minimalist set served to accentuated the cartoonish characters. With enthusiasm radiating into their acting, the players put on an enchantingly charismatic performance. Particularly pleasing was the fantastically blunt Ben Gosling and the spectrum of characters he conveyed. A montage of amusingly sarcastic sketches from skilled actors, it was a very polished performance with seamless transitions, particularly impressive from a student theatre group.

A patchwork of perceptive and authentic sketches, the originality of this piece cannot be overlooked. It constructs comedy out of common experiences, such as the hilariously exaggerated Canadian duel of politeness that arises from the awkward manoeuvring when you collide with an oncoming pedestrian. Providing pleasure in everyday problems, this is a sketch show that materialises from unexpectedly routine occurrences and is therefore refreshingly relatable in its content. From Wii characters to WC hand driers, this intelligently individual piece finds fun in simple things. It does, however, seem too intelligent in places, leaving its audience to make connections within sketches, allowing some of the humour that holds great potential, to fall flat.

A wonderfully weird string of sketches, some of which radiated with laughter and some that did not, ‘Glass’ is an acquired taste with gags that become fewer and further apart. None the less, it was terrifically performed and fantastically unique. Some will love it and some will hate it but, like Marmite, you will never know until you have tasted it.

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