The Pin

The three hander that is The Pin is a pristine, progressive pulsation of comedy heaven that I urge everyone to experience. Mark, Ben and Alex are making a Fringe debut of first class, unique sketch comedy that shakes and twists.

The convention of the show is sketch comedy told through one theatrical story that runs the length of the show. In Pulp Fiction style the story is told with great skill in fragmented sections with no obvious order, that then piece together later. Using the simple yet funny and quirky device of fast-forward and rewind, the boys bring to life this hilarious story.

Dashing through what seems to be hundreds of characters these lads use their incredible talents, wit and panache to enthrall the audience. Each of them possesses great individuality, comedic timing and the wonderful warming ability to entertain, bringing each character to life. The piece is cleverly devised, packed full of trickery and thrumming with a spontaneity that keeps the audience on their toes.

Although the piece is done with great conviction there were a couple of holes. The three must be careful not to drop out of the theatrical convention and keep the flow running at all times. The Pin played to what seemed like a full house so my advice is to get in now, before these boys are thrust into stardom.

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The Blurb

The ocean. Dark. Mysterious. Forbidding. Elsewhere, The Pin are an exciting new sketch trio making their hotly tipped Fringe debut. 'Brought the house down' (Independent). 'A flawless show, one polished to perfection' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Genius' (WhatsOnStage.com). 'Particularly inspired' (Telegraph).

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