Another riotous performance from the Maydays! Proving that they really are the masters of improvisation, Maydays’ latest outing, Confessions had a packed-out Komedia in stitches. Headed up by the endlessly resourceful Liz Peters, the short skits based on audience confessions were bonkers from start to finish.
Had a packed-out Komedia in stitches.
One of the funniest moments came from a rather unfortunate story submitted by an audience member regarding a vintage trinket box and some items that probably should have been disposed of elsewhere. The team quickly leapt into action and set up an Antiques Roadshow-type evaluation of the box that had mysteriously been glued together - with bodily fluids - that climaxed with a singing hand puppet impression of a mouldy condom.
Another sketch saw the Maydays preparing for an apocalyptic event by quite unsuccessfully bricking themselves in at home, only to be interrupted by a pushy neighbour emerging through the back door. Considering the only set on stage was a couple of bog-standard chairs, they did well to set the scene. This part of the performance also involved the most hilarious element of the show, when one of the actors who was lingering quite quietly in the background suddenly sprung up onto a chair and became the embodiment of the lead’s self-loathing. This was so funny and so creative it really highlighted their skills as improvisers.
It’s quite a bold move to let the audience choose the story but on this occasion it worked well. Having seen the Maydays many times though, I’m sure they make a performance out of absolutely anything and you’re always guaranteed a good laugh.
Unfortunately there were elements that lingered a little too long and where they had started out funny the more they went on the more they petered out into nothing but they still got a low baseline giggle from most of the audience. Short and sharp is where their talents lie and in this format they didn’t disappoint.