The Impenetrable Click @ The Beehive
The Impenetrable Click is an apt name for this sketch group as at times the jokes are impenetrable and the performers don't click. However, there is some merit to the performance. Compered by the likeable Will Setchell, a crowd of about eight settle in for this sketch group of four. It’s always difficult to perform to such a small crowd. Laughter, after all, is contagious.
Setchell promises that the sketches are the best of the year's writing, but of the 13 sketches on show only one, about a vicar’s inner monologue, shows any real promise, structure or creativity. More often than not they lack a punchline, or go on a little longer than necessary. At the heart of anything good is Setchell himself, with some of his fellow performers (Chloe Philip, Alan Scott and Sarah Cassidy) failing at times to rise to his energy levels.
After the sketches a small section is given over to headline act Bob Graham, an observant comedian who sadly seems more interested in shooting off to his next show. All in all this year's Fringe will serve as a valuable learning curve for these young performers. More focus on fully realised sketches with better punchlines will stand them in good stead.