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2 Ukeleles and a Cello | The Renegades
Written by Chris Michelle-Wells   
Sunday, 07 April 2013 16:27
2 Ukeleles and a Cello | The RenegadesThe format for 2 Ukeleles and a Cello is a familiar one: musical comedy improv done theatre sports style. The audience suggests song topics and genres for the performers to attempt on the spot. The twist here is our troupe perform in character, broadly following Fawlty Towers archetypes: the fussing ring leader who usually manages to get it wrong; the child-like, simple mute; the diva. Dressed for a concert recital at Hamer Hall, they have found themselves instead in a cramped bar basement with only the titular instruments at their disposal.

Ed Britton (a dead ringer for Christian Bale, by the way), John Leung and Kat Rich put plenty of energy into proceedings to produce a show that's very hard not to like. Together they possess the quick wit and musical chops to make a show like this work. What's a little lacking is polish: jokes and character antics could be delivered with a bit more speed and confidence to bring the kind of momentum required.

At around 40 minutes, the show in no way outstays its welcome, but as the pace flags a couple of times it does feel a little light on. Still, really, what's not to like? You're sure to get a few laughs, can enjoy a drink before or after at the Dirty Secrets bar, and you're out in a nice part of the city, primed to make the rest of your evening a memorable one.


The Renegades present
2 Ukuleles and a Cello

Venue: Caz Reitops Dirty Secrets | 80 Smith St, Collingwood
Dates: 3 – 21 Apr, 2013
Tickets: $10 – $15
Bookings: Tickets at the door

Part of the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival



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