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Sinful - written and performed by Carly Tarett at the Lass o’ Gowrie, Manchester

Published by: Caroline May on 25th Jan 2012 | View all blogs by Caroline May
It takes a great deal of talent to pull off what is effectively a one-woman sketch show, yet writer-performer Carly Tarett does this effortlessly with her sequence of single-handed playlets themed around the seven deadly sins.

Apart from being very funny comic monologues, each piece works as a stand-alone drama.  Outstanding among them are the blindfolded neighbour-from-hell whose envy and interference have led to her current mysterious predicament, and a philosophical exchange (technically a monopolylogue) between a couple of east end bank robbers.  However the highlight of the evening is an outrageously rude skit about an elderly Welsh classroom assistant - her imaginatively obscene and expletive-filled commentary on Red Riding Hood would make Quentin Tarentino blush.

The night finishes with a couple of great comic songs by a bone-idle touring musician who won’t even finish writing her own lyrics.  Like several of the other creations I’d love to see her as a regularly recurring comedy character along the lines of John Shuttleworth.

Carly Tarett’s skilled writing and versatile delivery call to mind Joyce Grenfell.  With this all-round excellent show she is clearly a writer and performer to watch out for again.

Sinful was on at The Lass o’ Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB



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