Brighton Fringe 2012
We are invited to " join the Queens of Wrongcore in this brand new interactive show. Cast off the restraints of polite behavior, lunge into a state of wildly depraved hysteria and learn to live your life the Wrong Way!" It is billed as "part sermon, part celebration, part manual for living."
This riotous show was proof that Two Wrongies can make a right. The two performer s, Avis Cockbill and Janine Fletcher are a force for wrong to be reckoned with.
They created “The Cult of the Wrong” to celebrate filth, fun and skilfully choreographed mayhem, and the audience at the Nightingale theatre at 9.45 on a Sunday night, loved every minute of the hour and a half long experience.
The show began with an inspired subversive table top display downstairs in the pub, the performers leaping onto a table, knocking drink and glass flying. Ticket holders were invited to move up stairs, where the theatre space was bare of chairs and we were encouraged to move away from the edges. There was clearly little opportunity to sit back and be spectators in this show. .
The audience was really up for participation from the start, and the Two Wrongies fed off this, throwing themselves into the energy in the room.
This was a genuinely multimedia experience, which began with group jazz hands, moved on to photos of celebrities to prompt an interactive game of Twat or Genius, you tube clips of the Wrong Olympics, practical uses for Burlesque in the house, group lunging, music, and live video.
Avis Cockbill and Janine Fletcher are incredibly flexible performers, not just in the lunge but also in their improvisations. They riffed off each other and supported each other, turning mistakes into opportunities for fun, as this was, as they called it,” a pure experiment.”
The show was a work in progress and there were a few technical glitches at first. There was a moment when I sensed panic as the required Benny Hill soundtrack refused to play, but the audience burst into a spontaneous rendition and the moment passed.
At the end, The Two Wrongies encouraged the audience to write down suggestions for further improvements at the end of the show, or to add to their face book page. A bit more polish perhaps, but the concept of the show and the skilful choreography of group participation was genius.
The enthusiasm and gusto of the two performers was totally infectious. Though I normally dread interactive theatre shows, the Two Wrongies were skillful in creating a safe and playful environment. Audience participation was gradual; but at the end several people were willing to stand up and share confessions of wrongness with an audience of strangers, who roared approval.
The audience completely embraced the spirit of the absurd fun which the Two Wrongies embodied.
I’ve never been to anything quite like it, and the audience left the theatre invigorated by laughter and sheer downright fun of welcoming wrongness. I strongly recommend this show, and it can only get better.