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Fringe Review: The Durham Revue present: Zeitgeist


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This year marks the 45th(ish) anniversary of the Durham Revue, and the troupe’s birthday celebrations form a nice framework for this highly enjoyable sketch show. The Durham Revue have in past years established themselves as one of the best student sketch shows at the Fringe, and this year’s show Zeitgeist cements that good reputation.

All of the sketches are entertaining, and none fell particularly flat. Some stood out as particularly hilarious, including some tongue-in-cheek political gags and top-notch audience participation. The performers all have a good style, and maintain an air of professionalism while not taking themselves too seriously. They give the impression of genuinely enjoying themselves, and there are a couple of moments when even they cannot help a smile at another member of the troupe’s ridiculous antics.

The show could use a bit of polishing, but this should come as the Fringe run progresses. A couple of sketches run on a line or so too far beyond the punchline, and the performers seem a little tentative in the gaps between sketches, not quite familiar with the length of time that the lights are out. That said, the music choices to fill these gaps are excellent, often generating a laugh on their own.

The Durham Revue have produced an inventive and witty show with some stand-out hilarious sketches. With high energy and excellent performance talent, Zeitgeist is well worth a watch.

The Durham Revue present: Zeitgeist is at the Underbelly Cowgate at 13.20 until August 26 (not 13th). For more information and tickets click here.

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