Yet another contribution as part of Birmingham Fest is Grimm Up North. This hilarious, hap-hazard and zany tale was presented in the intimate Old Joint Stock Theatre space, written and produced by Rachel Green.
Big Al and Bingo O'Wings, played by Richard Nunn and Dan Webber respectively, were wandering around the front of house space prior to the show, handing out bingo and raffle tickets, who knew what the evening would have in store.
As we stepped into the studio space, we were greeted by a group of larger than life characters. More raffle tickets were shoved in our hands, there was a lot of gyrating and oodles of audience participation. Bushy Brenda (played by Rachel Green) hilariously compered an interesting raffle, including prizes such as an orange, video tapes, LPs and petroleum jelly. It undoubtedly set the tone.
We are then transported to the Grimm fairy tale. Set in Yorkshire, it follows the story of Brenda and Tommy (played by Richard Nunn). Tommy is a happily married butcher, whilst Brenda is the bold and brassy Yorkshire lass, who's had a few too many husbands.
The tale turns dark when she lures Tommy into the cellar to have her wicked way with him and with lashings of physical humour throughout, the crazy story left the audience in a mixture of laughter and confusion. It was equally hilarious and mind-boggling.
Much of the audience seemed to lap up the story, which was engagingly delivered by Kirsty Mitchell, with plenty of laughter, heckling and participation. It was a unique evening out and something that won't be forgotten quickly, especially the moments involving mushy peas flying through the air and the infamous candles.
This high-energy show had completely sold out and it was great to see so many people laughing and enjoying this wacky theatrical experience.
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