The Rubberbandits, Soho Theatre, 18/01/12 4

The Rubberbandits, Soho Theatre, 18/01/12

IMG_7093Following on from their successful Edinburgh Fringe run, where they won a Chortle award for best musical comedy, Limerick’s own Rubberbandits have taken up residency in the Soho Theatre for 2 weeks.

Though as they point out at the start of their show, ‘musical comedy’ is the last thing they see themselves as. They are in fact ‘Hardcore gangster rappers’. It’s this skewing of expectations that is the essence of their show, Limerick is not Compton, they’re wearing balaclavas but they’re made out of shopping bags, they’ve a song about a relationship with a 6 year old boy, but it’s actually quite touching. This odd package is all craftily welded to catchy hooks and solid musicianship that will leave you humming the punch lines long after show has ended.


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The only slight downsides to the night are that the Soho (or ‘Sa’ha’ as they pronounce it) Theatre doesn’t really provide the rough n ready atmosphere for a truly wild night, and if you’ve seen the lads before you might be thinking it’d be about time for some new material. The inclusion of ‘I want to fight your Father’ in both English and Irish versions does seem a bit like filler. Though having said that, the whole package is such giddy surreal fun that it hardly matters.


Did you know that the I.R.A. counts Oswald Mosley and Beetlejuice amongst its members? The bandits do.  It’s cheeky, unorthodox, energetic and educational too. If you haven’t seen them before, do yourself a favour and get down to Sa’Ha before the run ends on the 2nd Feb.

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