The Durham Revue: Cirque du Sillý

The Durham Revue has a lot going for it this year – the group are all on top form. The jokes are clever and surprising, and the timing is impeccable. They have a big space to fill at the top of the Underbelly, but keeping their show dynamic ensures that they really command the audience.

Consistent and versatile, The Durham Revue deliver a hilarious show.

The show opens with a classic newsreader sketch which is fast-paced, the punchlines quick and incisive, and this kind of high energy sets the tone for the rest of the show. The sketches are at their best when they’re kept short, but the group rarely falter, and almost all of the sketches work. In particular, the writers have a keen eye for avoiding the obvious punchline and twisting things at the last second. Loud blasts of pop music follow quickly on from every sketch - often jokes in themselves, perfectly selected to match the preceding action - keeping the atmosphere charged and everything moving.

Elizabeth Bennet, Willy Wonka and Oliver Twist all pop up over the hour, and the character sketches, which feature a lot in the show, are very strong - a perfect way to take the audience’s expectation and subvert it. The performers themselves have great energy and poise, are not afraid to be silly, and are clearly having great fun with the show.

There is no weak link in the group. The Revue are very much a team, and although there are definitely a couple of standout performances, there is great chemistry between everyone, and everyone has their moments of comic genius.

Consistent and versatile, The Durham Revue deliver a hilarious show. There is a lot of fresh material here, and the group really give it their all. A very enjoyable hour.

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The Blurb

Nationally renowned sketch comedy troupe, and Edinburgh Fringe favourite, the Durham Revue return this year with their own brand of 'masterful' (ThreeWeeks) sketch comedy. Known for their irreverent style, witty writing and peerless chemistry, the group are 'highly professional, wonderfully witty and perfectly paced' ( Come and enjoy an hour of entertainment, showcasing student comedy at its finest. With a glowing list of alumni including Jeremy Vine, Arthur Bostrom, Ed Gamble, Nish Kumar, Tom Neenan and Massive Dad, see Britain's next generation of comedians together on one stage.