Thursday, 18 October 2018

Gentrification satire’s so classy

IN 2012, comedy duo Isle of Edna, who met at drama school, had the idea for a mockumentary

IN 2012, comedy duo Isle of Edna, who met at drama school, had the idea for a mockumentary on the relentless gentrification of their local area.

Anna Brook-Mitchell and Angela Nesi’s project has been developed into this live show, Isle of Edna: G Street — now on its way to the Edinburgh Fringe.

There was a fantastic through story about the redevelopment of the “G Street Community Centre” into a hip hangout called “The G Spot”.

The clever sketches and familiar characters were so engaging and the music pulled the story together beautifully. Kudos to the keyboard player, Ben Wiles, aka Ben-Trification.

I went home desperately trying to remember some of the lines to quote to people, but I couldn’t do it justice — this was really clever comedy.

Speaking as a new mother, their sketch about the stay-at-home mum and the working mum was hysterical — the Skype bedtime calls versus breastfeeding all four of her children, the nanny preparing food exclusively from Deliciously Ella and the eco-warrior-themed birthday bashes.

Plus I will never look at a guy with a beard or an artisan bakery the same again.

Their energy and pace was electric. Their timing spot-on. The singing and music impeccable. Really genuinely, I could not fault the writing or the performance. These are a talented pair and I hope they go far. The next French and Saunders, perhaps?

I would certainly take my time to search out The G Spot again. This show was pure class.

Isle of Edna: G Street is showing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from August 4 to 28. Showtime is 7pm to 8pm daily and the venue is Just the Tonic at the Mash House (venue 288).

Review: Daisy Smith

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