Theatre reviews: The Catherine Tate Show Live and Dead Funny
By putting familiar characters in fresh sketches Tate is playing safe. But the fact that she performs 18 different roles herself with just a change of costume, some prosthetic make-up and a closetful of wigs shows how versatile she is. Tate’s comedy is based on close observation and her characters seem like exaggerated refugees from the plays of Mike Leigh.
They are 50 shades of ghastly and range from the Essex couple for whom the most inconsequential incident is blown up into a life-changing experience (“What are you like?”) to the inappropriately flirtatious Irish Nurse Bernie who twerks... read more
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