Wilkinson Ford: Kagoolio

Wilkinson Ford is the collective machination of Nicola Wilkinson and Claire Ford, combining their twin talents as actresses and comedians in an enchanting sketch comedy, Kagoolio.

Kids and adults alike will love this excellent and interactive piece of theatre. It is an utterly delightful and thoroughly silly piece of sketch comedy.

Following in the hallowed tradition of Rowan Atkinson’s Mr Bean, we are treated to a cocktail of frenetic, characterful and ridiculous mime sketch. Not a single word is spoken throughout the entire performance. The pair (The Kagools) go on adventures together, dance together, try to one-up one another, and inculcate hapless audience members into their schemes. Despite most people’s reluctance to participate in a show normally, the warmth and friendliness that these two convey establishes trust with the audience very quickly. They deliver a playful and poignant performance.

Together the pair have a picnic, undertake an epic chase, reinvent an 80’s disco, compete for treats and create an excellent tableaux out of people. Much of the narrative is conveyed through their wonderful facial expressions. These two are masterful physical theatre performers. Moreover, the duo make excellent use of a projector screen, incorporating it into their performance in a very clever and perfectly timed way that I will not reveal to you here. It is a clear testament to hours of rehearsal and careful choreography.

The only minor setback is perhaps the discontinuity between some of the sketches; one character might be mad with envy as an audience member appears to favour the other performer, then suddenly drops that motivation completely as they move on to another sketch. It discombobulates the story a little bit. But this really is only a minor setback to an otherwise mesmerising performance.

These two are an absolute delight. It is a rare treat to see such skilful performers at work. This is an upbeat, engaging and hilarious performance. Kids and adults alike will love this excellent and interactive piece of theatre. It is an utterly delightful and thoroughly silly piece of sketch comedy.

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Physical comedy and sketch combine to transport you into the weird and weatherproofed world of The Kagools. Inclusive, enchanting, high-energy fun: this interactive, multimedia show is one for all the family!

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