‘Mindful-mess’ was a sketch comedy show featuring impressive musical pieces, wild characters and some innovative takes on the issue of mental health. Laura and Eloise led the night with delightful melodies that helped structure the show.
On a preview and opening night of their festival run, the show brought accessible sketch comedy about a serious issue. The night did not delve too far into the darker side of the topic, instead covered everything from calming your mind, advertising, a trip to the hairdresser and customer service within the ‘mindful-mess’ framework.
Laura and Eloise worked well together and the musical elements they performed in were standouts. Emily, Aisling and Taylor ably supported the show and held their own in the sketch elements of ‘Mindful-mess’. Emily brought abstract intoxicating energy and both Aisling and Taylor demonstrated excellent character work with Taylor’s roles as a shop assistant and a cloud particularly memorable. Yes, you read that correctly. A cloud.
‘Mindful-mess’ felt quite innovative in parts but not necessarily as a whole. Further, while not an issue for all audience members, some may find it difficult to relate or connect to the sketch themes, for instance the aforementioned hairdresser scene.
While not completely polished, ‘Mindful-mess’ was charming and left a positive and cheerful imprint in the memory bank, which it should be commended for. Check out ‘Mindful-mess’ from 12 to 14 and 18 to 21 April. For more information and to book tickets, click here.