Lucille and Cecilia

Arf, Arf, Arffff.” What do you mean you expected this performance to be in English? The first opening scenes of this original comedy from new writers Banging Average Theatre is entirely in sea lion, and completely, physically, bonkers.

Physical comedy at its finest.

Not many performers could pull off an opening scene where the only lines uttered are “Arf”, but double act Chloe Darke and Susie Scott imitate the moves of sea lions so hilariously and perfectly that you don’t miss the (English) dialogue. Clad in black lycra, swimming caps and moustache, Darke and Scott are Lucille and Cecilia, two performing circus sea lions with a love for balancing balls and fish, and very different views on their trainer, Trevor and the outside world.

Lucille (Darke) yearns to escape the circus, and dreams about a life out in the big “salty drink drink” where she can take her pick from the food available in the ocean. Cecilia (Scott) is completely content with her captivity as a circus sea lion and only wants a simple life full of Mackerel and regular petting from their trainer, Trevor, whom she has developed a Stockholm-Syndrome-like affection for. Darke and Scott make a perfect duo, and their character imitation is an utter delight to observe - every move of a flipper, twitch of a whisker and facial expression will bring a smile to your face. It is physical comedy at its finest.

Once Lucille and Cecilia master the complexities of the English language, they argue about their futures in captivity - debating the pros and cons of escape. Trevor the Trainer’s appearances throughout the performance are a particular highlight – his interactions and relationship with both sea lions will leave you in stitches. Whilst there are occasional scenes that really push the audience’s capacity for back and forth between the two sea lions, the duo are so full of energy and bubbly enthusiasm they just about carry these off.

Whilst slap stick and physical comedy are not a new form of comedic expression, Banging Average Theatre bring a fresh and modern feel to the genre and this is what makes Lucille and Cecilia so entertaining. It’s a style of show and a relationship between two comics that we are familiar with, but with an original and downright silly subject matter which makes it an easy and joyous show to watch. If you are a lover of traditional physical comedy, or just a lover of sea lions - Lucille and Cecilia will leave clapping your own flippers for more.

Reviews by Sarah Virgo

theSpace @ Symposium Hall

Magic Hour

Just the Tonic at The Mash House

Ollie Horn: Pig in Japan

Underbelly, Cowgate

Like a Sturgeon

Heroes @ Boteco

Schalk Bezuidenhout: Leopard Print

C venues – C aquila

Lucille and Cecilia

Gilded Balloon at the Museum



Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now



The Blurb

You’ll arf, you’ll cry as you dive into a day in the life of Lucille and Cecilia, a pair of performing sea lions attempting to escape the confines of the circus. One is desperate to get out, sick of her monotonous existence. The other is blinded by the ecstasy of her surroundings; buckets of fish on tap and daily cool-down massages. Physical comedy, unexpected barking and balancing a ball on the end of your nose all come into focus in this flippin’ good show.

Most Popular See More

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Witness for the Prosecution

From £19.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Les Miserables

From £22.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mary Poppins

From £31.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

From £13.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £36.00

More Info

Find Tickets