Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart is unapologetically weird. As you enter the small theatre at the Thistle King James Hotel, the two young female performers, Róisín and Chiara, hand you a single crisp. The insanity just ramps up from there, as they launch into an unpredictable and energetic series of sketches, songs and impersonations, that feels like The Mighty Boosh on acid.

If you like a bit of absurdism, or just want to try something new, this show is unmissable.

Their routine is as funny as it is bizarre. Whether singing a hymn to Nick Grimshaw, pretending to be breastfeeding babies or giving sage advice as celtic mystics, Róisín and Chiara are consistently hilarious. They move with such rampant pace from one segment to another that the audience cannot help but get caught up in the proceedings: even if you’re not a fan of absurdist comedy, you'll find it hard not to enjoy their infectious energy.

The performance is also exceptionally slick, with few pauses or stumbles in the intense 40 minutes of the show. This is particularly impressive as much of the performance seems improvised – it has to be, given how much they play off the audience. But throughout all of the improvisation, the performers are perfectly in sync with each other and the audience, making the whole thing impressively smooth.

Their interaction with the audience is particularly excellent, as Róisín and Chiara playfully mess around with various audience members, staying just on the right side of the fun/awkward boundary. Their soft, ethereal voices lull you into a sense of security, even when they’re sitting on your lap, making songs out of your names or giving you funky sunglasses.

Wild at Heart may not be for everyone. It is a very strange show, and may be just too much for some people. However, if you like a bit of absurdism, or just want to try something new, this show is unmissable.

Reviews by Mark Danciger

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Unpredictable and sublime comedy theatre from debut duo Róisín and Chiara. Get personal with their ‘impossible not to like’ (FringeReview.co.uk) creations in a highly improvisational 45 minutes of ‘comedic genius’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com) and unexpected tenderness. Meet roller-blading couriers, ex-pat rockers, T4 presenters and lifestyle gurus as they collide and connect in a tapestry of physical storytelling and ‘Hilarious!’ **** (AYoungerTheatre.com) character creation. ‘One of the best things I have ever seen’, ***** five stars! (MouthLondon.com). ‘Goldsmith and O'Mahony have you in stitches, working in perfect harmony as a pair’ (TheUpcoming.co.uk).

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