Max and Ivan: The Reunion

There will be leaping and spinning, there will be theme music and coloured lights, and your expectations of what is possible with a two-man cast will be changed forever. Two years ago they were Holmes and Watson; last year they were Con Artists; this year Max and Ivan are an entire school reunion made up of old friends, enemies, horny geography teachers, the classmate no-one can remember and the lovelorn hypo-allergenic Brian no-one could forget. For Brian, The Reunion is a chance to tell the love of his life and best friend of seven years how he feels about her. If only it could be that simple.

For newcomers to Max and Ivan's breathless style of character comedy, this will be a magnificent introduction, if perhaps a little confusing at times. Depicting a tense love triangle with only two bodies means that Max has to be in a relationship with himself - hilarious at times, but very tricky to stage without looking a little amateuristic. Despite this, the talents of these two comics are such that each attendee at The Reunion is absolutely distinct from one another- accent, mannerism and stance changing completely from one moment to the next.

Somehow amongst all this highly polished, finely tuned scripting, there is still room for improvisation, audience participation and, as ever, things to go wrong. When they do, we are even more impressed with the smooth and swift integration of these minor events - like an audience member's phone going off during our hero's meeting with his beloved - into the course of the act. Flashbacks play out simultaneously with present-day events, and welcome speeches from both 2003 and 2013 orated at the same time were particularly inspired, showing the differences between our aspirations upon leaving school and our actual achievements having reached the real world.

As comedians, Max and Ivan are surreal and rounded, swooping from highly intellectual to slapstick and back up again. As story-tellers, they are absolutely absorbing, drawing us in and showing us genuinely touching moments between characters who, mere moments before, had us falling about laughing. As a duo, they are completely in sync. As a show, The Reunion is simply wonderful.

Reviews by Jenni Ajderian

Just The Tonic at the Caves

Afternoon Delight

★★★
Citrus Club

Gower Rangers

★★★
Southsider

An Introduction to Twerking

★★★★
Stand in the Square

Keep the Kids Out!

★★★★
Sweet Grassmarket

The Universal Recipe

★★★★

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 £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

The Blurb

Class of 2003, assemble! Melbourne Festival Barry Award Nominees 2013 and Foster’s Award-winners, Max and Ivan (BBC Radio 4, BBC3) spin a bewitching tale of love, loss and shatterproof rulers. ‘Hugely ambitious and impressive’ (Guardian).

Most Popular See More

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Frozen the Musical

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Come From Away

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mary Poppins

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets