Using a clever selection of set, props and staging – Scott and Hannah of TicTac Theatre company performed a delightful comedy double bill, which was fast paced with smooth scene changes.
Firstly they multi-roled in the play You Were After Poetry by Steven Bloomer, predominantly focusing on a couple who break up due to their different views on love. The piece was thoroughly entertaining and punchy. One-liners were delivered in quick succession with pauses worked in for naturalism, yet not bordering into Pinter territory, keeping the balance just right.
After a quick set change the two performed The Bride to Be by Peter Quilter, a physical comedy about a young lady called Angela who is about to get married for the third time. Her brother has a hard time convincing her to walk down the aisle due to a series of bad omens that lead to Angela questioning if she should get married or not. Physical comedy was choreographed extremely well.
The two comedies complimented one another nicely. The first piece was a witty language based interchange and the second piece a high energy physical comedy. Both plays explored vulnerability in relationships and how misunderstandings can lead to break-ups.
Themes addressed were identifiable to almost everyone in a relationship or having gone through an awkward break-up making the bitter sweet comical moments that much more poignant.
An interval between the two shows would have worked nicely to differentiate the pieces. However, it was impressive at how quickly they made the seamless transition into the next performance.
Hannah and Scott used costume to signify different characters and body language / tone of voice. Accents may have been a good addition to distinguish between the characters.
TicTac Theatre company are currently touring the comedies around the South West. Hannah and Scott are slick together. The plays are well acted, thoroughly enjoyable and well worth watching.