Sunday, September 24

The Dead Ducks – The Space @ Surgeons Hall

You can expect the weird and somewhat wonderful as The Dead Ducks troupe take the stage for a sketch show that takes place within a dead grandmother’s funeral, acting out scenes in which said grandmother has written in her will.

The Dead Ducks are a comedy sketch troupe from the University of York, bringing another one of their sketch shows to the Fringe after a successful run last year.

Made up of 6 young performers, the sketch team create the kind of strange content you would expect to see in a student’s showcase relying heavily on the element of absurdity to gain laughs. Whilst there are a handful of pretty funny scenes in this show, personally the set up did not quite hit my funny bone as often as I’d have liked it to, but that’s not to say they didn’t have other members of the audience laughing all the way through.

Expect wizards, bears, gorillas and even Barney the Dinosaur in this bizarre satirical production. There’s very little more I can say without spoiling the show but expect the unexpected, and if that’s your kind of humour be sure to go along and watch. 

The Dead Ducks runs at The Space @ Surgeons Hall from 7th until 19th (excluding 13th) at 13:15

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Reviewer: Beth Eltringham

Reviewed: 8th August 2023

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.