Imagine a world in which you are so influenced by music that the algorithm's suggestions are more powerful than the world itself. Now imagine two male receptionists - one with big dreams, the other who just wants a promotion. How do these two change the world of music as we know it? M U S I C is the latest show from the comedy duo HangDog in which they create the world of Stripify and fuse comedy, fantasy, unlikely superheroes and more. Together, they not only create a really sturdy storyline, but also take on numerous characters to create this interesting little bubble of creativity.

HangDog as a duo are extremely strong

HangDog as a duo are extremely strong in terms of showcasing their skills in both comedy and acting, as they create interesting characters between them - such as the egotistical head of Stripify, who does not believe in doubt and sacks anyone who doubts him or themselves. Or our unsuspecting hero's frustrating mother, who collects Subbuteo figures and gets into debt so many times through her obsession. Even our wannabe head receptionist makes a turn or two as a doctor who tries to stretch out a pint of beer whilst on duty. The odd satire of dead celebrities also make a guest appearance, such as John Lennon and David Bowie as part of Stripify's algorithm. Each one portrayed is extremely well crafted and draws the audience in from the very beginning as they enter the auditorium with one allocated pastry as a treat before 'work' starts, enabling a positive experience and atmosphere ahead.

The dynamic that HangDog have as a couple is one that is engaging, upbeat and a clear close friendship that has an element of trust all the way throughout M U S I C. The fact they are able to over compensate if one half has a quiet vocal moment that we are unable to hear, or if something goes wrong is charming in itself. Having that safety net to play off one another and take creative risks using live music, original songs and absurdist physical theatre enables HangDog to create a space that is a special gift a lot of today's comic duo acts do not seem to have. It is clear to see that these two have a great career ahead of them and it will be fascinating to follow their creative journey to see what happens next.

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The Blurb

Do you sometimes feel you were born in the wrong era? Do you like sitting in a chair watching people pretending to be other people? Are you a fan of the 2007 PlayStation 2 game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock? Do you enjoy lights and/or sounds, some- times at the same time? Are you in favour of thinly veiled commentary on music streaming services? Do you have an average-to-bad understanding of Artificial Intelligence? Do you have an average-to-bad understanding of what genetics actually involves? Can you tolerate bad accents? How about a litany of them? Are you partial to a tangent? Do you hate people with below-average-sized hands? Do you like plots that build to some sort of conclusion, whether satisfactory or otherwise? Would you be comfortable persuading yourself that a rubber band ball is an important artefact? Do you like it when a vague moral direction is laid out early on, only to be callously avoided for a large amount of the show, and then almost accidentally reintroduced during the finale? Are you stupid? Like, actually thick? If your answer to LITERALLY ALL of the above is ‘yes’, then this is very much the show for you. If not, you can F***ING SWIVEL. "The sort of show that makes you excited about the Fringe again. 5 STARS." (Broadway Baby)

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