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Maggot

"surreal and highly enjoyable"

Audrey review: NZ trio's comedic strength lies in audience participation and chameleonic abilities.

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Show: Maggot
Company: The Scungebags
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Maggot

Date: 28 Sep 2018

Maggot is a NZ sketch comedy show put together by Elle Wootton, Freya Finch and Angela Fouhy.  

The three shuffle on stage, coquettishly joined at the hip, and introduce their warped Spice Girls personas.

The trio has decided to leave pop behind and delve into serious art.

Taking a stab at self-proclaimed ‘high-brow’ artists, the trio are utterly self-indulgent in their creative message and delivery. This commentary on the wanky tendencies of the artistic community is particularly effective in an interpretive dance sketch about how they will never ride the bus again.

The show’s concept is quickly lost as sketches unrelated to the theme – or one another – take up the meat in the show’s sandwich.

The sketches themselves are performed confidently, however, and the material is unafraid to be absurd. They often invite experimentation with physical comedy, something the trio enjoys playing with and never fails to get a laugh from the audience.

Despite this love of movement, Maggot’s comedic strength actually lies in the sketches that inventively use audience participation and the trio’s chameleon-like abilities to transform into an array of quirky characters.

Maggot is a night of surreal and highly enjoyable sketches and it is a great chance for theatre goers and comedians alike to see what comedy is like on the other side of the ditch.

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