• Amy Toledano

Don't Be Terrible, Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker One

What Is It?

Part stand-up, part theatre, Don't Be Terrible looks at what comedy can do for someone, and if the rules of comedy can be broken and changed for the better.

What Is It All About?

What can comedy actually do for a person? Can it fix a relationship or help you make new friends?

In this hilarious two hander, written and directed by Ellen Waddell and Oliver Milburn, Steve (Daniel Cech-Lucas) asks Alice (Ellen Waddell) to help him learn comedy to impress his girlfriend.

Alice an unemployed stand up comedian, takes the opportunity to make some cash by agreeing to teach Steve everything she knows, but as the pair start to be come friends, the lines of what is appropriate and what isn't become blurred.

How Did It Make Me Feel?

This show will unexpectedly sneak up on you and have you really feeling for both characters.

Their flawed behaviour is extremely relatable and both actors are brilliant and incredibly naturalistic.

There are so many moments that are laugh out loud funny, and have the audience laughing in spite of themselves.

The scene changes are simple and effective with use of a microphone and mic stand to signify stand up shows, and use of signs to give a sense of time passed.

The pair have great chemistry, and the audience participation is hilarious and makes for some comedy gold.

The acting is really fantastic and I often found myself forgetting I was watching a show and thinking I was just watching two friends practice stand-up in their front room.

Anything Else?

Don't Be Terrible is a wonderful late night comedy show that breaks the rules of what the classic stand up show is.

Amy x

Don't Be Terrible is playing at The Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker One until the 25th August 2019.

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