The ginge, the geordie and the geek.

At the ‘Live Theatre’, Newcastle Upon-Tyne.

A series of comedy sketch’s unsuccessfully linked by a feeble through line results in lowbrow humour badly disguised as intelligent entertainment.

Almost a year on from their intriguing success at the Edinburgh fringe festival Graeme Ronnie, Paul Charlton and Kevin O’Loughlin are three young men who form a comedy trio that leaves one wondering if wit is no longer a prerequisite to well received humour.

For the most part the comedy pandered to topics which whilst sometimes amusing were mainly lewd rude but never shrewd. Amongst the worst were paedophiles, incestuous fathers, masturbation, Catholic nuns and the French kissing of a disturbingly real fish.  Credit must be paid however to the one sketch that went beyond being solely controversial and showed a social perception and acumen that one wishes could have filtered into the rest; in this one hit wonder a David Attenborough style commentary dissected the nature and behaviour of Scottish larger louts as they drank, fought and failed to mate. Each sketch was rapidly succeeded by another, making the good momentary, and was perhaps due to a misconception that quantity and speed might veil a lack of quality. The three men occasionally broke away from the sketches to discuss how their skills as comedians were progressing, that instead of providing a structure drew attention to the absence of said skills. The music which came in short bursts presented a wonderful selection of 80’s power ballads, perhaps this enthusiastic trio should turn their focus far away from theatre to the art of mix tapes.

Live theatre is a venue renowned for its advancement of local talent and new writing, never before has it disappointed this reviewer and although ‘The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek’ fell below its usual standards one should remain an avid supporter of the work they do. Its theatre space seats an intimate 170 and gives a movie theatre atmosphere of warmth and focus. Even with its sophisticated surroundings this production still felt ham-dram and amateurish. Despite its failings the audience responded gallantly with much laughter and audible appreciation, a response that was arguably enhanced by a well-stocked and highly frequented bar.


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