CoM­EDy DElETE THE bAn­JAx … AnD you! Plea­Sance court­yard (Venue 33) HHHHH

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THE emerg­ing sketch troupe were one of last year’s Free Fringe stand-outs, and ex­pec­ta­tions were high to see how they would tackle per­form­ing at the Plea­sance. They’ve re­tained much of 2009’s lark-about in­ti­macy, wel­com­ing their au­di­ence in and giv­ing them paper to sketch car­i­ca­tures of them on.

Nev­er­the­less, the Ban­jax have con­sol­i­dated their rep­u­ta­tion rather than pro­gressed here, their rougher edges less for­giv­able in a big­ger venue. They’ve over­spent on an ele­phant too ap­par­ently, so Dan Cook, rou­tinely the most mav­er­ick el­e­ment in their skits, takes mat­ters into his own bloody hands.

Reap­pear­ing as a su­per­hero, he flouts self­less con­ven­tion sav­ing Caro­line Jones from peril, then hosts a Come Dine With

Me episode con­tain­ing even greater hos­til­ity than usual. Af­ter this rea­son­ably strong open­ing, they fin­ish pretty well too, with a lu­di­crously over­wrought birth­day party cri­sis and a sky­div­ing mar­riage pro­posal, ratch­et­ing up of the scripted bed­lam sup­ple­mented by a will­ing­ness to ad-lib if one of them starts corps­ing.

In-be­tween though, scenes of an im­pend­ing air­crash or Jones and Sam Cham­pion as prickly Aus­tralian re­la­tion­ship coun­sel­lors are less im­pres­sive, over-re­liant on the per­for­mances to make them even semi-work.

A shame, be­cause the Ban­jax have most of the right el­e­ments here.


Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day, 5:45pm

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