All Our Friends Are Dead

From the moment they step on stage, there’s no denying that Katie Norris and Sinead Parker have talent. Even in the small venue they are given, they show off a commanding stage presence. Their acting is convincing, their voices (despite the impression left by a certain faux-Pocahontus solo) are strong and well pitched, and even their American accents are impeccable. Whether or not you will enjoy their show, therefore, depends less on the performance, and even more on personal taste.

Throughout their act, Norris and Parker perform a series of comedy sketches and parody songs meant to poke fun at popular culture. They begin with the rollicking number ‘Everybody Wants to be a Twat’ which makes fun of everything from backpacking to veganism and sets a very appropriate tone for the show.

Following the initial song are a series of sketches. It would be hard to find a theme for the sketches. One parodies an all-widows choir, another mocking a depressing Victorian film, even a parody of a play created in reaction to the Manchester riots. Interspersed with the vignettes are creative songs set to Disney tunes. Why? It would be hard to say, but they are entertaining, and they are performed well.

So, if you are someone who is looking for stand-up, happier comedy, or even a comedic act with a general theme, you will probably not enjoy this show. If, however, you are someone who finds yourself sharing Norris and Parker’s desire to see everybody and anybody readily and thoroughly lambasted, then head over to see All Our Friends Are Dead as soon as you possibly can.

Reviews by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

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Norris once licked the floor of Euston Station for £5. She would have done it for free. We like doing things for free. That's why we're at the Free Fringe. Dark and ridiculous sleep-deprived comedy.

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