Lady Garden: Top Secret Gig

It must make many a performer, struggling to get even their front two rows filled for a Fringe show that they have spent months meticulously planning for, that a show with practically no description can perform to large audiences on a daily basis. The appeal of the Pleasance? The power of reviews and word-of-mouth? Whichever way, this all-female cast deserves their crowds as a series of very watchable sketches performed by greatly talented young actresses is very well received.The opening, performed by six girls who make way for their more professional counterparts at an early stage, evokes memories of the Spice Girls and their mini-me lookalikes, but this soon gives way to sketches in which characters are often very quickly built-up - some in a Little Britain style, others somewhat more relevant to Big Train. The Russian Dolls sketch, where the varying dolls all look to the largest one for warmth in a bitter Moscow winter, is delightful in its simplicity, as is the sketch where an atheist is present in a choir singing 'All things Bright and Beautiful'.Other sketches allow more character-building, allowing even Laura the sound-girl to become more involved in a sketch about helicopter crashes. The performers, who include among their number Beattie Edmondson, daughter of Jennifer Saunders and Adrian Edmondson, are a group full of female solidarity, with one even offering moral support to another's relationship with Muslim cleric Abu Hamza.Certainly this show is one of the more simplistic and watchable sketch shows that the Fringe has to offer, requiring little by way of brain-power or concentration from the audience. Fun and charming for all ages.

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The Blurb

I don't know what you're talking about - what gig? 'One of the most exciting and laugh-out-loud funny young sketch groups' (Time Out). Guardian best sketch winner Edinburgh 2009. 'Naturally funny' (Metro).

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