Light Relief

Geoff Cotton presents and stars in a two-person sketch show involving comedy songs and impressions. He is obviously a versatile actor, able to do a variety of accents and speak fluent French and he shifts persona every few minutes. However, the actual comedy element is weak, evoking a few titters from the tiny audience but mostly falling on awkward silence. Awkward being the operative word. Cotton doesn't improve the situation as he changes his costumes on stage rather than go behind the curtain, leaving the audience to uncomfortably avert their eyes.

The majority of the jokes centre around sports and sex, so if you don't follow football some of the jokes may go over your head. The comedy songs aren't awful, at least Cotton has a pleasant voice and can play the guitar well. He starts to shine when he delivers some marvellous puns and when they raised a laugh he looked endearingly surprised. He performs some cynical and witty political satire in the form of radio advertisements but at best they only produce a smile.

Things marginally improve when Anna Dawson joins him on stage as his 'special guest'. A beautiful model in a skimpy dress, she sings innuendoes and pouts. Dawson has a lovely voice and surprised everyone with her talents, playing the harmonica and the cello. However, the fact that Cotton is twice the age of Dawson means he comes across as creepy and lecherous, heightening the embarrassing atmosphere. This show is so strained the only ‘relief’ is when it’s over.

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The Blurb

Fast-moving comedy show featuring songs, sketches, stand-up, news, sport, current affairs and special guests including James Bond, Sacha Distilled, Maria Shoutapova, footballer Terry Johnson, party political leaders ... and a caption competition! 'Real originality ... highly entertaining' (Stage). www.geoffcottonsongs.com.

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