Hennessy & Friends: A History Of Violence, London
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Featuring a number of cartoonish fights, plenty of silly voices and more ideas per minute than most sketch groups manage in the space of an hour, A History Of Violence marks the arrival of a talent to keep tabs on in the diminutive shape of writer-performer Miranda Hennessy. A bubbly, irrepressible performer with a penchant for big, broad, vastly larger-than-life characters, it's easy to imagine her going on to great things. This debut sketch show (which sees her ably accompanied by David Seymour and Steven Shapland) allows her to display her talents to the max, and it's a delightfully screwy affair, where sketches bleed into each other (while characters bleed over each other), ideas veer off in wildly unpredictable directions, and the fourth wall takes a terrible battering. Not everything works, but there are many inspired moments; watch out for the couple trying unsuccessfully to watch an action film, and be on your guard for the chocolate cheesecake sketch.
James Kettle. The Guardian, Saturday 16 June 2012