Camden Fringe 2008
The Art of Dating and Dumping
Dave Florez, Lauretta and Sharon Gavin
Venue: Etcetera, Camden
The complete dummies guide to the dos and don’ts of the dating game. From the first hello, to the perfect snog, sexual faux-pas to effective and not so fabulous ways to dump your long time love, this show has it all. Dave Florez stars with comedy duo sister’s Gavin and Gavin in this comedy sketch show bound for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
To anyone who has ever remotely connected with the opposite sex The Art of Dating and Dumping is an hour long, non-stop laughter shop. Hot as a sauna and packed to the rafters for their one London preview and it still didn’t kill the laughs. In little under an hour playful and often harsh host Lauretta Gavin walks the audience through the complete dummies guide to the dos and don’ts of the dating game. From the first hello, to the perfect snog, sexual faux-pas, to effective and not so fabulous ways to dump your long time love. This show has it all.
Often crude in the best possible way, writer and actor Dave Florez is joined by the two sisters who make up the highly acclaimed comedy duo Gavin and Gavin in a workshop lecture for the 21st Century. Host Lauretta introduces us to the two actors who will portray all the rules of the dating game, role play style for the audience. Lauretta dissects their somewhat lagging careers with perfect comic timing, taking her hosting duties one step too far by getting so personal it’s embarrassing. Dave has recently appeared on The Bill as a thief who stole a lady’s purse, and although Gavin as an avid watcher she cannot fathom why she hasn’t spotted him on the show. Sharon Gavin is billed by Lauretta as a FILM STAR because she was in Shaun of the Dead despite the fact that show was only in it for 5 seconds at the beginning as the flower shop girl.
For ‘resting’ Sharon and ‘trying to get a break’ Dave taking part in this workshop firmly suggests they have reached their lowest eb, not to mention the underlying sexual tension that bounces around this little group of three. It is clear that dating is definitely a dangerous game and women and men really should come signposted with “broken track, go back” or “be careful bendy road”! The three comics are a well oiled machine and work exceptionally well together, captivating and keeping the audience’s attention for the entire hour on stage.
The trio have so much to offer their audience and could go on longer and yet credit must go to Florez for creating a succinct, captivating and hilarious sketch production. Each performer has their moments when they steal the show, but Florez takes the cake with his many brilliant male faux-pas when it comes to women. The Art of Dating and Dumping is definitely not to be missed comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!