May 5, 2016 Theatre
Read more: A chaotic interview with Aunty Donna
Thankfully not. Aunty Donna’s appeal – while not universal – is buoyed by astonishing, relentless dynamism concentrated into a tightly choreographed, precisely worded script. The content of that script may not be to everyone’s taste; punchlines often pivot around pantomimic voices and contrived idiosyncrasy, resulting in scenes that could be dismissed as “random”. But each sketch has a relatable starting point: the saccharine Masterchef opening titles are due a dark backstory, auctioneers really do sound silly, and people who use the word “boom” as an oral exclamation mark could do with a moment of introspection. The momentum never slows, and when the performers indulge us by corpsing, laughter is inescapable.
I saw pure joy on the faces of clear fans, heard howls and uncontrollable screeches and snort-laughs each time the three actors shuffled their way through the audience to select their next sketch participant. The fact I spent time watching other audience members suggests Aunty Donna didn’t totally succeed in drawing me in. You may well be different. Spend 20 minutes on their popular YouTube channel – if you like what you see, book a ticket and steal a milk crate.
*I believe the exact search term was: “Plastic box on head Aunty Donna”. It paid off:
Aunty Donna, until 7 May, Q Theatre. Book tickets.