‘Swings at Dusk’ has strong ideas behind the show and a solid premise for laughs. The opening of the show exemplified everything the show could be, it demonstrated creativity, ingenuity and was really funny. However, for the most part, the remainder of the show felt loose and lacked punch.
The Leaky Bucket crew have the skill to pull off difficult elements such as a scene featuring a pair of cowboys squaring off against one another. The performers owned the stage and were captivating in the escalating brouhaha. That said, this scene followed a ‘cheap’ and unfulfilling exit, which was a common theme for the show.
As part of a large and very supportive audience, it is a strange feeling not to laugh amongst many others who are. Despite the relatable content, the absurdity of some of the scenes distracted from any connection that could be had with the material. Some elements of the show were improvised but these were tarnished by excessive yelling and swearing. These scenes in particular would have benefited from more preparation.
‘Swings at Dusk’ was a little too raw for my enjoyment and did not capitalise on the talent the performers demonstrated early on in the performance. This considered, at the end of the night, the vast majority of the supportive audience appeared to enjoy this sketch show both through giggles and applause. So if you’re a fan of nonsensical silly sketch shows and improvisation, this show might be for you.
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