GRUBBY LITTLE MITTS – REVIEW – VAULT FESTIVAL

Grubby Comedy is a double act of Rosie Nicholls and Sullivan Beau Brown. They debuted Grubby Little Mitts at Brighton Fringe last year, before journeying up to the Edinburgh Fringe, and now they are on a tour of the UK.

The show opens with the duo running on stage and performing a dance routine which consists of lot of pointing, to Wet Leg’s ‘Chaise Longue’. Which aptly sets the tone of the show, letting us know what we’re in for. 

With all red props, the two perform a variety of sketches throughout the hour, most of which are a few minutes in length. Some of these are revisited during the show, allowing the comedic situations they set up to progress each time. 

One of the sketches focuses on networking and the difficulty in remembering people’s names when you first meet them. They add hilarity to this by exaggerating the situation making it utterly ridiculous, and utterly hilarious. The two also meet in a coffee shop during a sketch which is repeated, wonderfully incorporating physical comedy and again adding in a shot of ridiculousness. My favourite sketch centred around the two discussing movies, in which Nicholls mentions movies she’s never seen, Brown displaying disbelief at this. The repetition of their lines within the scene is a winning formula, and the comedy of observing Brown becoming increasingly irate is excellent. 

The links between the sketches could be improved, as it feels slightly random at times. If there is an overarching theme, it’s not abundantly clear at the moment. Some of the sketches also feel slightly too long and drawn out, such as the one about what should go down the toilet, this could be edited into a snappier sketch to aid the pacing of the overall show. 

Some of the most successful moments of the show were in the duo’s interactions with the audience and their breaks in character – these never failed to cause ripples of laughter within the audience. 

Both display excellent comedic timing and delivery, the dynamic between the two adds a natural air to the performance, they appear as two friends just trying to make each other laugh. Brown’s use of facial expressions and physical comedy heightens the show, and Nicholls proves naturally funny and energetic in her performance, sharp in her delivery of the witty jokes. 

Combining mime, slapstick, music, comedy, and pure chaos, Grubby Little Mitts is an excellent debut show. There are some tweaks to be made, as some sketches are more successful than others, but you truly never know what’s coming next, thus you are captivated throughout. I can’t wait to see what they do next!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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