The  Noise Next Door: Soundhouse

The Noise Next Door’s new show at Pleasance will make you will laugh so hard your diaphragm will ache. Charlie, Matt, Sam, Tom, and another Tom will escort you through a riotous evening that might leave you a little weak at the knees. Wear mascara and the tears of mirth will have you emerging at the end looking like the Dark Night.

The boys are a troupe of improvisational comedians who pull cracking one-liners, ingenious song lyrics and some crazy scenarios out of thin air and audience participation. Soundhouse is the name of their setting. It’s a theatre where they play the actors, the backstage staff, animals, and the occasional metaphysical concept. There’s nothing tidy about the show; it’s hectic and messy and gives a great sense that it will be entirely, elementally different for every audience it interacts with.

Soundhouse fully takes advantage of all of the opportunities improv provides – the show’s success lies in its incredible ability to turn mistakes into the best punch-lines. For example, an initially dry section came with the logistical problems of accidentally picking on an audience member who, it turned out, didn’t speak English. After that, momentum was never lost. The charm is in their expressions of surprise at what is going on, although everything is always immediately absorbed into the fast pace of their stride.

Their ability to create is also enchanting. Entire sketches sprout from a single noun and songs are made up spontaneously as if they are, somehow, working with a kind of joint brain.

Generally, this is a well-proportioned piece. The boys don’t ask so much of the audience that you sit in fear and there’s a wealth of cameos to keep you constantly on your toes. The anticipated meets the unexpected in a loving embrace which gets you a little short of breath: you will laugh so much, this show could qualify as exercise.

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

In a dark corner of town there is an underground club the likes of which the world has never seen. A place without rules, where legends live and history is made. 'Masterpiece' ***** (ThreeWeeks).

Most Popular See More

The Lion King

From £42.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets