Callum Moorin

Edinburgh Fringe review: The Beau Zeaux, An Improvised Comedy

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The Beau Zeaux is an all star improvised comedy group featuring Marcus Brigstocke, Thom Tuck, Pippa Evans, Rachel Parris and Deborah Frances-White.

The voice of God is played by Deborah Frances-White, who virtually steers the narrative by asking the actors questions about the scene that they’re in.

While this can be hilarious sometimes, it also can disrupt a laugh. It would have been nice to have seen some of the scenes play out more naturally rather than occasionally being interrupted by this voice.

With such a brilliant cast, it was a shame to see Thom Tuck receive minimal time and material on the night, especially as one other actor was given two parts – but again, as this is all improvised, it may change on a nightly basis.

The audience is given an opportunity at the beginning to send suggestions for the opening scene, in our case it was a mince pie burner and a dog.

This was another missed opportunity, as none of these suggestions were really used to a crucial point, and this was the only time the audience was asked for an input. The cast need to either commit to the game or take it out of the show.

Overall, a brilliant cast, occasionally great moments, but a slight let-down all in all.

3 Stars

Date of live review: Sunday 16 August 2015 @ Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

This article originally appeared on The Angry Microwave.