I didn’t manage to see The Pretend Men’s Police Cops last year at the fringe and it was something I was very disappointed about. So I was eagerly anticipating the sequel: Police Cops in Space, which was on at the Pleasance Dome. And it lived up to expectations.
It is truly a sequel, following on from last year’s fringe show, but it doesn’t matter if you haven’t seen the previous iteration. The plot follows the escapades of orphaned future police cop Sammy Johnson, his driver Ranger, and the evil robot who is trying to kill them. With their glove guns, cardboard box helmets and mop women, Sammy and Ranger move from planet to planet, with hilarious results. The show has that perfect mixture of slick choreography and roughness around the edges; it felt like the three actors were having a lot of fun while presenting their well thought through comedy show to us.
This show had me laughing out loud more than any other show at the fringe. The comedy is fast-paced and universal; if they don’t have you with one joke, there’s no need to worry, because another will be along before you’ve even noticed, and that one will get you instead. The use of props and costume is also fantastic; they know what they're doing with their irreverence and it's really funny. Comedy doesn't have to be controversial to be good, and The Pretend Men have got silly comedy sorted.
This show is one not to miss – it’s got nakedness, dancing, physical theatre, jokes galore and a cherry on top. They’re the best police cops in space, the universe and