The Weird Sisters, It’s Uncanny!

Review in Issue 10-1 | Spring 1998

This devised performance chucks in everything but the kitchen sink: there’s audience participation, masks, quick character changes, lots of gags, and even the occasional song or two. However, no amount of distractions can disguise the predictable and somewhat pedestrian plot which lies at its heart.

It’s Uncanny! tramps well trodden territory. It’s a cradle to grave trawl through the lives of two friends: from the innocence of childhood to the inconvenience of old age, via bickering parents, first love, sexual awakening, failed relationships, break-ups, breakdowns and onwards to senility. Standard comic fare, indeed. The material works best when Alison Goldie and Kath Burlinson approach it as stand-up comics. Unfortunately, however, most of the dramatic exchanges are handled as if they are roleplay scenarios in a theatre in education production.

It’s as if the two performers aren’t sure whether they are trying to reach an adult or a teenage audience. Whilst there are some wicked moments for the adults, such as when Goldie and Burlinson quiz the audience on their feelings about fellatio, there are many mundane sequences in which the duo re-enact familiar scenes from adolescence: rowing with parents, snogging at the disco, etc. It is in the irreverent moments that the show comes to life and Goldie and Burlinson are able to let rip with their obvious comic talents.

However, despite their considerable acting ability (both performers play a multitude of roles), Goldie and Burlinson are ultimately let down by a weak and prosaic script.

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Date Seen
  1. Feb 1998

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Issue 10-1
p. 26