Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Bucket, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Bold, expressive and mildly unsettling, Jon Pointing and Ed Eales-White of Clever Peter are newly formed character-sketch comedy duo Bucket. Pointing is the more id-like force of personality, pouting until he gets what he wants, ramping up the energy in the room by dancing maniacally in a silver lamé suit or chucking sweets into the crowd.
Eales-White is more buttoned up but their characters tend to coerce and infect each other into convergence.
They have a strong, meta-theatrical streak, exemplified by Pointing prodding his colleague through a physical theatre workshop on volunteering at a homeless shelter, the initially reluctant and literal Eales-White eventually lolloping into the swing of things.
Pointing strives to introduce his new catchphrase-led character at all costs, skewing a greengrocer sketch round to accommodate it, while Eales-White introduces a deliberate, thinly-veiled attack on his colleague. However, their most memorable sketch is the least characteristic, a hilarious crime scene where two detectives get carried away with their cop show fantasies. With creations flexing their pecs and tiptoeing around awkward homoeroticism, they ultimately manifest themselves as jingoistic, working-class English slabs of bully beef, baring their teeth and proud inadequacies in their Scottish surroundings.
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 31 August
Published in The Scotsman on August 2015
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