REVIEWS FOR TRODD EN BRATT
“the duo are a delight to watch: totally at ease while sparring with one another entertainingly… extravagantly silly…. Abundant sense of fun.” The Guardian
“well-paced and occasionally uproarious character sketch show; a pot pourri of the weird, the wonderful and the downright demented, held together by winning onstage chemistry” The Metro ****
“Immensely talented and tremendously funny” The Skinny
“a fine line in absurd characters which are stupidly over-the-top…They are clearly friends enjoying performing together and that’s an attractive prospect when combined with talent. This is a double act to watch.” Chortle
“the charismatic pair command your attention at every juncture – they make a wonderful team, playing out all manner of silly sketches and making everything fun for each other and for us. It’s totally silly and thoroughly enjoyable… it’s a delight to watch them do their stuff.” London is Funny
In 2007 Lucy Trodd and Ruth Bratt met on the improvised comedy circuit. Fate united them as founder members of a new group, The Showstoppers, which has received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008, 09, 10 and 11, and has acquired a cult following with its weekly performances at The King’s Head, Islington and most recently in the West End at The Ambassdors Theatre, as well as touring the UK and internationally.
At first Ruth perceived Lucy as “overly tall” and Lucy thought Ruth “had a nice jumper” but they soon bonded over a shared love of writing poetry, so much so that they played identical twins in Pack up Your Troubles, a non-stop 50-hour improvised play at The People Show Studios, Bethnal Green. Lucy worked in advertising for seven years before her epiphany when her début play Burnt Salad was performed at Soho Theatre. Ruth was a guide for London Duck Tours which inspired her one-woman Edinburgh show And On Your Left....
While enjoying solo success on the stand-up circuit, they get more of a buzz from collaboration, using their impro background to find characters and enrich and free-up the text and narrative. Lucy moved house to be nearer to Ruth and the cafe under her flat where the excellent tea and homemade jam has a direct correlation to the amount of creativity and work produced.
They can regularly be seen appearing with The Showstoppers and continue with their sketch comedy on the circuit as well as guesting in various impro shows. They are also part of writing group Not Andrews Sisters with Pippa Evans. Some of their work can be seen here