Roísín and Chiara @ Heroes, Boteco

A high energy hour of improvisation and sketches from a pair fizzing with chemistry

Review by Polly Glynn | 08 Aug 2018
  • Roisin and Chiara

If e-numbers were people, they’d be Roísín and Chiara. It’s no wonder then that they need to pump the audience with sweeties on entry so everyone is on their hyperactive wavelength. Through nonsensical chatterings, mad characters and a selection of incredible props, the pair transform this dimly lit Boteco into universes of fun.

Sketch highlights include a forbidden inter-species relationship, and someone not quite yet prepared to fall headlong into The Matrix – although the duo are at their hilarious best when being themselves. The two evidently know each other inside and out so have an incredible ability to bounce right off each other and the enthusiastic audience. The now-tired false start trope, present in several shows this year, is also given a new lease of life with a surreal twist involving scat-singing, mushrooms and Maleficent helmets. There’s also some intense but harmless audience interaction; whether you’re being flecked with marshmallow or mounted by Róisín in a Havisham-esque get-up. It’s all very charming and has an essence of innocence about it; never quite reaching the same level of sexual aggression as other fab sketch duo peers.

Back to Back is a whirlwind of ‘whaaaat?’. Mostly surreal, at times alarming, but always brilliant.

Róisín and Chiara: Back to Back, Heroes, Boteco, until 26 Aug (not 8, 15 & 22), 2.40pm, £5/PWYW

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