ABSOLUT Fringe 2012 | Straight to DVD | Ponydance
Star Rating: 3.5/5
Venue: Smock Alley Theatre
Review by: David O’Shaughnessy
In a nutshell: Sketch comedy dance mashup swinging from the Olympics to ad parodies in flying form
Best for: slapstick and dance fans
Not for: the funny bone-less
Straight to DVD is a sketch show with a uniquely Irish perspective, and a lot of leg and body flailing but none of it Riverdance style. The foursome that make up Ponydance have talent and comedy oozing out of them, with varying sketches including a buggy walk-off, a faux Olympics gymnastics floor show and a feminist analysis of pole-dancing that you won’t soon forget. The camaraderie between the group is clearly evident, not only in their ability to throw themselves at each other with abandon, but in their ability to deride and slag each other off in the way only the best can.
The show itself is low-budget, which adds to the humour and the stylings, but sometimes the jokes run a little past their punchline and all the moving of set and props takes away from how immersive the comedy is. I can’t wait for the day when someone comes along and just throws bags of money at Ponydance and let’s them come up with comedy gold unrestricted by means. Because they’re onto an absolute winner.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Friday 14th September 2012 | Theatre
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