Felicity Fitz-Frisky and Hansel Amadeus Mannish are the creations of Laura Corcoran and Matthew Floyd Jones. Together with Richard Hand as ‘Max’ and with the help of Andrew Corcoran, Charlie Travers, and Joshua Sukes, their latest creation, Popcorn, takes careful aim at the songs of the movies in their imitable cabaret-comedy style.
This digital spectacular parodies everything from Renee Zellwegger’s frozen face to the plot of Mrs Doubtfire, with filmed inserts rubbing shoulders with a wide-ranging live performance. It is fast and funny, and even if there’s a pot-shot at your favourite film or soundtrack, it’s all done in the “best possible taste”.
Corcoran and Floyd Jones have been doing this stuff since 2008 – you can see their early shows on YouTube – and these characters have been finely honed to the pinnacle of “revolting camp” and playful performance. From Cher to Whitney, Frisky hits them perfectly; while Mannish adds the sense of resigned ennui to the table.
In a very amusing show, we get songs, sketches, and pastiche which shows both knowledge and affection for movie soundtracks. The plot bits around which the show is built – Frisky and Mannish have been asked to save the day when a venue is on the brink of closure by staging a spectacular showcase of song – are less successful, but I liked the way the digital elements were built around the moments with an audience.
For ninety minutes you can revel in the magic of the footlights, take a pop at your favourite moments on the silver screen, and wonder whether this pair can be heroes, just for one day.
You can catch Frisky and Mannish’s latest show online until the 14 November – head to the Lawrence Batley Theatre website to book. For more about the team and to see previous shows for free, visit their website.