The Delightful Sausage @ Monkey Barrel

The Delightful Sausage have arrived with another hour of dystopian fun and games

Review by Yasmin Hackett | 23 Aug 2019
  • The Delightful Sausage @ Monkey Barrel

Welcome to Ginster’s Paradise, the number one top resort for massive losers and legends (yes, you can be both). The duo open to the cheerful tones of a karaoke version of It’s Not Unusual, but of course, Sausage being Sausage, there’s a dark edge to it which sets the tone for the rest of the show.

Gledhill and Cantrill pitch Ginster’s Paradise as a dystopian Butlins-esque holiday destination with a twist of the 70s, replete with an absolutely horrifying ice cream mascot, animal carcasses, and morbid gameshow quizzes. Over the course of our stay, we soon learn that all is not as it seems – we may be here under false pretences.

This is a little heavier in narrative than previous shows from the duo, and during plot-heavy sections, Gledhill makes nods to the lack of jokes here. But, this is all part of the charm of Sausage, who deliver every line with a wink and the suggestion they’re making it all up as they go along. Indeed, most of the fun happens when they appear to go a little off-piste, with a small unexpected remark thrown in here or there. Sometimes you’re left wondering whether what they’ve just said is even part of the script – but that’s all part of it. The trick of it is in their delivery: pure likeability and unmatchable chemistry.

The Delightful Sausage have served up another banger of bafflement, silliness, and outright hilarity. Once again, it really is delightful.

The Delightful Sausage: Ginster's ParadiseMonkey Barrel Comedy (Monkey Barrel 2), until 25 Aug, 12pm, £8/PWYW. Extra Show: 25 Aug, Monkey Barrel Comedy (Monkey Barrel 1), 1.40pm, £8/PWYW