Sleeping Trees: Sci-Fi?

After Mafia? and Western? at previous Fringes, comedy trio Sleeping Trees now turn their gaze to the stars. Sci Fi? is a gloriously parodic space opera, complete with an evil army of French robots, plenty of planet-hopping and a melodramatic supervillain.

Comedy doesn’t often come as assured as this, and the pure silliness of the show is bound to appeal to all.​

Charlie Sprog is dragged from his peaceful life on the planet Outer Farmsway when he learns that it is up to him to save the universe from the evil Galacticon. What follows is a camp space epic with nods to Star Wars and Planet of the Apes. There are some sharp but surreal jokes, and all of the humour is well-considered and accessible. The Trees all play a huge selection of roles, but highlights include James Dunnell-Smith channelling Brian Blessed as the bellowing Galacticon, and John Woodburn as mad scientist Dr Frank, who contortedly flops across the stage like Frankenstein’s Igor.

Sci Fi? is impressively slick. With some often hilarious mime, the Trees cut rapidly between scenes to give a glossy cinematic feel, and some excellent live music adds to the lightening-fast pace. Their physical brand of comedy brings some wacky creations to the stage, with the trio becoming aliens, hoverboards and a robot with guns for hands. There are running jokes, various narrative strands and a complete commitment to all of the bizarre roles the comics are called upon to play, making it feel a lot more complex and glossy than your average comedy show.

It all amounts to a very entertaining and energetic hour, with the pace never slackening or the trio’s veneer of professionalism faltering. Comedy doesn’t often come as assured as this, and the pure silliness of the show is bound to appeal to all.

Reviews by Simon Fearn

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The Blurb

First came Mafia? Then Western? Now, Sleeping Trees bring you the hotly anticipated final chapter: Sci-Fi? The award-winning comedy trio are back, blending their unique brand of physical comedy with live music and delicious science fiction. The show follows the intergalactic journey of the unlikeliest of heroes, Charlie Sprog. At a time where the ancient planet of Plutopia rules the galaxy, Charlie is dragged from his quiet home planet and given one simple mission: save the universe from total destruction... 'The birth child of Monty Python and the League of Gentlemen' (Time Out).