If, like me, you avoid any theatrical performances that have any subtext with the words ‘interactive’ or ‘audience participation’ DO NOT FEAR. The poster outside Pegasus mentions those fatal phrases which quickly make a certain type of parent (me included) bribe their offspring into doing anything other than following the sign indoors. I needn’t have worried though, as Mole and Gecko were really very good.
They told us early on their real names, Simon and Will - as we later discovered, this was because part of their stylistic approach is being themselves in character (or being a character in themselves - I don’t know which) and also asking questions to the audience about what is in the show before we can start (hence the audience participation, as the kids could determine elements of the show).
The show was unfortunately timed, resulting in a smaller turnout than it deserved on this particular Saturday: it was extremely warm and sunny outside, and a lot of
They also demonstrated ingenuity, inventiveness and a clever ability at word play. They were synchronised and complemented one another perfectly. As I said to them after the performance, ‘I hope you’ve sent a tape to the BBC; you should have your own show’. Even if they haven’t sent a tape, or don’t get on TV, the level of talent on display here means they deserve to.