FRINGE REVIEW: THE TRAVELLING SISTERS AT HENRIETTA’S

Lucy Fox, Ell Sachs and Laura Trenerry are The Travelling Sisters – and together they put on one hell of a funny show.

In a performance that is a masterful hybrid of song, mime, stand-up, slapstick that contains generous doses of the bizarre and surreal, the three ‘sisters’ set a frenetic pace from the opening number and they never let their momentum slip.

The opening autobiographical song, a sort of mutated mariachi ballad, is laugh out loud funny and certainly showcases the great harmonising ability that these three women possess.

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The set pieces that follow are varied in form and style and are all equally as engaging as each other – whether that be the sketch about The Ice Boys, a mullet headed gang of ice-skating bogans bragging about their barbecued sausage intake; or accepting an invitation to attend a poignant and tragic birthday party for a hunchbacked woman and her ardent lover, Colon; or being entertained by a herd of teat-shaking rapping goats; or experiencing a re-enactment in mime of the theft of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream by a group of interpretive kinesiologists called The Brown Brothers, or even witnessing the self-peeling of a depressed potato – every moment of this show is inventive, original and, most often, hysterically funny.

The trio work beautifully together, and all are equally adept in comic timing, co-ordinated movement, and in moving rapidly from one character to the next so convincingly.

The finale featuring a ten foot tall blues mama named Boadicea is a terrific example of their teamwork and finely honed stagecraft. It combined, all at once, clever choreographed movement, a great visual gag, and well-crafted comic lyrics.

There were no flat spots in this performance at all, and the appreciative crowd at Henrietta’s tonight, who I am sure are all now Travelling Sisters acolytes, will be out and about spreading the word tomorrow about this gem of a show.

It is no wonder The Travelling Sisters were so well received at The Edinburgh Festival – they are an absolute  comic delight.

Highly recommended.

4 stars.

The Travelling Sisters are performing at Henrietta’s until March 4, and then at The Producers from March 5 to March 19.

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