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Twins: Work-In-Progess. The Invisible Dot Ltd.

| Comedy | 30/06/2014

Twins
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Unborn foetuses sharing a human womb for nine months, and alternative double acts performing an hour-long show are similar in a number of ways. Firstly, and this applies to both the examples mentioned above, the duos must share a cramped space for a sustained period of time. Whether that be the inside of a human, or the stage of an intimate comedy venue, there is a requirement for both parties to make the best of the situation they find themselves in. And so, keeping that in mind, we move on to a discussion of Twins (aka Jack Barry and Annie McGrath).

Twins, who are busy preparing for their month in Edinburgh, revel in the offbeat and unpredictable sides of sketch comedy. There’s an unadulterated randomness to their deviations, a feeling that what you’re actually witnessing is a peculiar mash-up of anti-comedy and quasi-jazz. It’s this innate willingness to avoid predictable rhythms that make them such a unique and exciting prospect. Twins are consistently inconsistent but, through a strange turn of events, these failings actually make up a large part of their fundamental charm.

There’s a vague attempt at a narrative in here somewhere but, truth be told, it’s all a bit unnecessary. With only two of them on stage at any one time, certain limitations are impossible for the pair to keep under wraps. This does bring an occasional messiness to proceedings, and a feeling that nobody on stage really knows what’s happening next.  As I’ve suggested already though, there is an underlying sense that these naff moments of the show are completely intentional. Perhaps this should all be defined as “meta-sketch”, a comedic compilation that goes outside it’s own walls to pass judgement on the flaws that exist within the genre. Of course, it’s possible these creases will be ironed out before the Fringe kicks off. From a personal point of view, I hope they don’t smooth things out too much.

Some of the sketches and characters are genuinely brilliant, others less so. This début show from Twins, which is still a work-in-progress, looks set to be a hodgepodge of self-deprecation, implied reluctance, and original humour. It’s not perfect by any means but that, perhaps, is entirely the point of what they’re trying to achieve.

By Jack Clayton (@BilboTalk).

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Edinburgh Information – Twins.

Box Office: www.edfringe.com//0131 226 0000

Venue: The Blind Poet, Edinburgh

Date: 31st July – 24th August 2014

Time: 4.00pm (50 minutes)

Tickets: FREE.

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