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Pop parody: Frisky & Mannish

Published: 7 Dec 2012 07:300 comments

COMEDY cabaret duo Frisky and Mannish have made their name as a two-piece, but they are nothing without their third member - the audience.

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After first breaking onto the Edinburgh Fringe festival stage four years ago with their colourful array of pop song spoofs, the pair have gathered a dedicated following and have now embarked on their fourth tour - Extra-Curricular Activities.

They will bring their melodic brand of humour to Maidenhead for the first time on Thursday, December 13, where they are looking forward to meeting the people that complete their act.

"The audience is another character in our show," says Matthew Jones, a.k.a. Mannish. "Cabaret is a hard genre to define, but one thing about it is there is no pretence that the audience is not there.

"Sometimes they are even part of the show, it's very interactive."

And each performance is shaped by how the audience reacts to the pair, explains Matthew. Sometimes there can be bags of energy and other times the challenge is to get the atmosphere going.

"We have some of the most amazing audience experiences," he says. "It's amazing what people will do when you encourage them to get involved!"

This tour will have something for both seasoned Frisky and Mannish fans and newbies says Matthew, who will be joined on stage by the frisky Laura Corcoran.

The pair have been polishing up and tweaking some of their most popular songs from the last three tours and will also be introducing some new numbers.

"It's a pure hit of F and M," explains Matthew.

Having not played in Maidenhead before, Matthew is looking forward to seeing what the reaction from the audience is like.

He adds: "It's exciting walking into the room not knowing what it's going to be like. Each evening is potentially the best night of the tour.

"We've been getting a really good response to the show so far," he adds. "It's just a good night out and hopefully just makes you laugh."

Frisky and Mannish will be at Norden Farm on Thursday, December 13. Tickets are £15. Visit www.nordenfarm.org or call 01628 788997 to book.

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