Jollie: John And Ollie Stuck Together
Birch and Biddle
These instantly likable boys have a bag of tricks to tempt us. They serve up a mixture of Blackadder-style storytelling (including the tale of Doctor Odysseus Mortimer, who has a dubious underground laboratory, and a nephew and a butler, both also called Mortimer) and silly songs such as 'I'm Not Sponsoring You!'. If you don't know the difference between a simile and a metaphor, Jollie will set you straight... eventually. The highlight is the constant competitive banter between the pair, as they exchange jibes and bicker over what to perform, arguing about whether to do a song about Ollie being fat (he isn't) which John eventually realises might be classed as bullying. But don't worry, they're good friends really. A jollie good time had by all.
Underbelly, 31 Jul - 24 Aug (not 12), 2.35pm (3.35pm), , prices vary, fpp 66
tw rating: 4/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival