Great British Mysteries: 1599?


Sketch double act ‘Cloak & Dagger Club’ debuted their first show ‘Great British Mysteries’ at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, they are back again in 2018 with their new show ‘Great British Mysteries: 1599?’

Returning characters from their first show Olive Bacon and Teddy Tyrell, played by Rose Robinson and Will Close respectively, are now in Tudor times, although there’s no time travel involved, look just accept it ok? They are tasked with solving a new mystery and finding the witch.

The show begins with an introduction to Tudor times then some basic origin story of our main characters, once the story begins properly the duo are tasked with finding a witch, this leads them on a merry quest involving multiple characters, plenty of costume changes and some very silly dancing.

The show is filled to the brim with jokes, double entendres and 90’s song lyrics, it’s about as historically accurate as an episode of Blackadder and twice as ludicrous. Some of the jokes can drag a little and sometimes I think the story could have done with taking precedence over the silliness. It is however an enjoyable hour of very daft comedy even if some of it can feel a bit overused. If this sounds like your sort of thing then book ahead and grab a ticket as it was completely sold out on the showing I was at.

★★★ and a half

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