Review: SORRY, VAULT Festival

Improv group SORRY team up with Andrew Hunter Murray for a fricking hilarious night at the VAULT Festival

“There isn’t any wrong or right, just blow or strum”

The angels smiled on me when improv supremos SORRY announced another gig to follow their previous sold-out shows at the VAULTs this year. And not only that, their special guest for this one was none other than Andrew Hunter Murray, he of Austentatious and recent Sunday Times-best selling list fame.

I possibly didn’t laugh as hard anywhere else than at their show here last year and this time round was no disappointment either. Their format works extremely well – 15 minutes chat with their guest at the top of the show and then the rest of the time spent riffing on the subjects raised, in some brilliantly off-the-cuff and off-the-wall improv from Liz Kingsman, Alison Thea-Skot, Naomi Petersen, Sophia Broido and Lola-Rose Maxwell.

This means that the flow of the comedy is effortless, the only pauses you need are for laughing, as we slip between the surreal and sublime. Tonight’s show covered the lesser-sung third Chuckle Brother, the perils of learning to play the bagpipes, the dangers of mangling well-known phrases, obscure 80s cartoons (Stoppit and Tidyup) and much more besides but as ever, the joy of improv is being there in the moment and being breathless with mirth.

Running time: 1 hour (without interval)
SORRY is booking at the VAULT Festival until 6th March

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