REVIEW: Silly Billies @ Live Theatre, Newcastle (22.02.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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I arrived five minutes before the show was due to start. Big mistake. It meant my friend and I were sat right at the front and the Silly Billies crowd are professionals. I needn’t have worried though, as I wasn’t picked on. My friend, however, had his face felt by the outlandish Holly Burn, hair clippings dropped on him by the hirsute Ben Compton, was required to impersonate a stingray by the frankly bananas Fernando and danced on stage with ringleaders Jack Gardner and Sam Megahy. It’s okay though. All this won him a pink plastic Frozen plate, which he graciously declined.

I had a brilliant time… Too much madness went on at this most alternative of gigs for me to mention everything, but it was superbly scripted, flawlessly performed (almost, a few broken glasses), had excellent guest comedians including the most sensitive of Scottish souls, John Scott and even a turn by The Three Tenas. The pre-recorded radio shows perfectly satirised the BBC6 Festival over the Tyne and punctuated a hilarious night.  This was all before the extraordinarily special guest Simon Munnery took to the stage with a kind of cerebral comedy in which he’s done the thinking, so you don’t have to. I’m a dunce, but I still understood the Sisyphus and Icarus joke for instance. The man is nothing short of a genius.

They’ll be back next month at the Live Theatre but I would strongly recommend you get along. But arrive early. You have been warned.

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