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The Blue Tackies

Friday, 20 August, 2010

Bar Code Soho, 15th August 2010, 7pm (actual start time 8 pm)

Most audience members have enough experience to read between the lines of a flyer or advertisement for an event in order to establish whether this would be their type of show. Therefore the zany flyer for this production, ending with the words ‘…much daftness and fun’  will beckon the right type of audience and warn the wrong ones.

The Blue Tackies’ production is difficult to place in any recognisable category of entertainment. Referring once again to the flyer for some guidance: ‘Comedy’, ‘dance’ and ‘electronic music’ were promised. The concept of funny, and possibly even dance, can be subjective.

Tez Ilya was compere for the evening. He was dressed in a nice suit which featured as a joke. He is from London but of Pakistani descent, both locations which also provided a joke or two. He has just been fasting as part of Ramadan, another reference point in his material. When introducing his colleagues to come, referring to them as “funnier” than he, well, whether or not that was a joke remained to be seen. Tez Ilyas’s routine was indeed quite routine but he performed his job of introducing the acts to come.

Anne Moir began her show commenting on how funny it is that all of us have several multiple personalities inside our heads fighting for an audience. It is difficult to say whether that has any psychiatric or medical basis, but Anne certainly proved the theory from her own personal perspective. There followed a battle between Anne Moir and her Scottish personality. For those who are not tuned into the nuances between a posh southern English accent and a Scottish accent she kindly pranced from side to side on the stage depending on who was speaking. The Scottish lady won for awhile and told a story about getting on the sex offenders list. It was initially unclear whether all of the 6 or more characters supposedly living in Anne Moir’s head would get their 15 minutes on stage. But they did not.

Noah Wright was up next. He did a very good impression of exaggerated dry British humour. For his entire slot.

Next up was, oh, no, Suzy Wylde didn’t turn up. She must have had something really important on.

Then came the Blue Tackies. The ‘Blue’ in the title presumably refers to the blue boiler suits worn by each member of the duo. The ‘Tackies’ is really anyone’s guess, much like the concept behind the performance.  This performance is where the ‘electronic music’ and ‘dance’ come into play. There are numerous dance routines which involve mainly behaving like robots. Gaya Giacometti has her microphone set to ‘echo’ throughout the entire performance. Sonja Quita Doubleday has hers set to ‘high pitched’. They perform several songs and acts ranging in subject matter from debt, pandas and teenage zombies.

The grand finale comes after anther lengthy interlude. The Blue Tackies exit the stage and never return. In their place come two ghosts, the costumes having been made from white sheets with eye-holes cut. The ghosts sing and dance in the same manner as their stage-predecessors, except that every word is now totally muffled due to a mouth-hole oversight.

This is a bizarre show on the fringe of experimental entertainment. It is worth a look if experimental is your thing.

Cast: Tez Ilyas – Compere.  Anne Moir – Comedian.  Noah Wright – Comedian. The Blue Tackies: Sonja Quita Doubleday and Gaya Giacometti.

Sound Engineer:  Giovanni Carnazza

(c) Leanne O’Loughlin

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