Paris, 1792. Revolution grips the city and the secret police march traitors to their deaths. No one is safe. Paris needs a hero, someone who can deliver it from this terror and restore freedom and justice. Will such a hero emerge? Inspired by the legend of the Scarlet Pimpernel, this wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy from Gonzo Moose features three fearless and daring actors, playing over 20 roles in 75 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. With comedy and thrills galore you’ll gasp, laugh and be amazed at this swashbuckling comedy adventure packed full of hilarious slapstick, verbal wit, and magical illusion.
PRESS REVIEW: THE OXFORD TIMES, Wednesday 4 April by Angie Johnson
Improvisation whiz kids Gonzo Moose tickled my ribs mightily with their latest fun spoof I'm an Aristocrat Get Me Out of Here! This time the company have created a hilarious retelling of the Scarlet Pimpernel, but as the mysterious hero of this quirky tale is called Le Grand Pois (leader of the resistance group Les Petits Pois!) clearly they are not taking their history too seriously. It is a sprightly tale of derring-do set against the backdrop of the French Revolutionary Terror - with the odd head (or other body part) being spliced off now and then.
Three highly talented artists bring to life a host of colourful characters in this very surreal show. Particularly pleasing was Lauren Silver's dazzling Marie Antoinette, complete with a cheeky Essex girl accent and truly charming daftness, while Mark Conway is especially hilarious as Louis XVI and as the revolutionaries' favourite artist -- Jacques Louis David. The narrative of this fantastical show is strongly powered along by Jonathan Peck as the evil chief of the Secret Police -- De Rein. He is equally as funny as the other cast members but his presence kind of makes sense of everything.
A clever set design makes this epic unfold splendidly. Minimalist scaffolding converts from a palace, to a gaol, a carriage, a sailing ship, etc, etc all within seconds -- keeping the pacy action at top speed. Weaving the whole enterprise together was tight, witty, and inventive direction from Abigail Anderson, who brought this lovable production to rip-roaring, giddy life.
There were songs and jokes - decapitations and sword fights. Love stories rubbed shoulders with political intrigue, while comedy both physical and verbal had the audience laughing all the way through. It's a hoot and you can catch it again in Oxfordshire at the Chipping Norton Theatre on 10 May
If you liked Propellorís Pocket Comedy or Barbershopera youíll love this wonderfully daft company.