Dublin Fringe Review: Craicling

Review by Siofra Nic Liam

Foil, Arms & Hog are a staple on the Irish comedy scene, and their skit style of performance has lent itself well to videos which have been the key in making them as successful as they now are.

The three start their show with some playful audience interaction, within minutes of starting, they manage to break an audience member’s umbrella and bringing a number of audience members on a tour of the O’Reilly Theatre in Belvedere College, claiming it was originally built by Brian Boru.

Their skits range from holding babies to buying guns, and the guys show off their talents by mixing in some songs, one in particular displaying an impressive amount of knowledge of monasteries.
Breaking character and laughing at themselves fits in well with the show and makes the audience comfortable with the performers.

A basic stage with a guitar set to the side, and not much else, for the diversity of their skits, and a small but crucial collection of props – including a just eat delivery back pack – allows their creative skits to flow and gives an opportunity for easy improvisation.

Seeing this trio is a safe bet for an evening of laughing out loud and are well worth seeing live, rather than just on their online videos.

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