Show of hands is an improv sketch comedy night with puppets. Troggg (the middle g is silent) strings together a series of otherwise unrelated games, songs and sketches themed from audience input. Billed as “Whose Line Is It Anyway meets The Muppet Show”, it’s a little less Muppet Show and a little more Avenue Q or Meet The Feebles; depending on the audiences suggestions it can get a bit risque (Troggg even said “Income Tax” at one point!) so it’s probably best to leave young kids at home.
On arriving the attendees are greeted by puppets roving through the venue and interacting with audience members, and this really helped to set the level of audience interaction for the night.
The projected show is a nice addition, providing a much better view of the puppets in each scene. The projection is live rather than pre-recorded and means that the cast needed to perform only in one small corner, directly in front of the camera. It did feel however like the camera was not quite set at the best angle and the cast didn’t always make the best use of the screen space and usually hung off to one side.
The show runs for 75min with a 15min interval around halfway though. There is a bar with cheese platters, beer, wine and cider which is open pre, post and mid-show. The venue is on a single level and is reasonably accessible. There is plenty of parking and nearby access to public transport.
Verdict: If you have a fear of puppets, or are under the age of 12 this may not be the show for you. Otherwise, Show of Hands is a lot of fun and should definitely be on your festival list.
The reviewer attended the Saturday May 19th performance.