Resident critics Hayley Danks and Ruth Goodchild review everything... but they don't feel they actually have to see a film or play in order to review it. Improvised by Susan Harrison and Gemma Arrowsmith.
Episode 5.3 - King Lear, starring Kenneth Branagh
Hayley sets Ruth up on Tinder against her wishes and the pair review King Lear, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. Obviously they haven't seen it yet, but since when has that ever been an obstacle to reviewing?
Episode 5.2 - Quickfire round!
Hayley and Ruth take suggestions from the listeners and review all the hot button topics, from wooden coat-hangers to Elon Musk's rebranding of Twitter.
Episode 5.1 - Barbenheimer
After a long hiatus in which Ruth persisted in continuing her own one-woman lockdown, the reviewing duo are back doing what they do best, reviewing things they haven't actually seen. Meanwhile Ruth is unimpressed by Hayley's holistic beauty products and Hayley is definitely not in a cult.
Episode 4.3 - Vaccines and online theatre
Hayley and Ruth review the current selection of the Covid vaccines, while also finding time to cast a scathing eye over all online theatre.
Episode 4.2 - Lockdown
Is it a global pandemic or is it actually a global, site specific, highly ambitious, multi media/theatre piece? Hayley & Ruth firmly believe it's the latter and proceed to review everything from the 'casting' to the 'writing' of the Covid response with their usual mixture of hypocrisy and idiocy.
Episode 4.1 - Brexit Revisited
It's four years since the podcast reviewed the EU Referendum and in this episode Hayley and Ruth discus Brexit, as always with varying degrees of accuracy. Also Hayley explains self-care and Ruth reminisces about her own childhood Brexit while reiterating her stance on therapy.
A breath of fresh air
Absolutely adore Hayley and Ruth’s take on the arts. I chuckle to guffaw throughout. Fabulously conceived characters and effortlessly comedic improv. Can’t get enough!
Visceral experimental theatre
I’ve not listened to any one of these, although you should listen to them all. It’s obvious that they are artists (if they ever choose to be), subverting the very concept of reviewing, of podcasts, of performance, and that lowest of things, comedy. In a multi-fruit world this would be grapes. Five stars.
A podcast not to be missed!
Listened to this for the first time the other day and I was very impressed! So funny and completely improvised - a very talented duo! I give this podcast 5 stars!