Hunt & Murphy: Beg, Borrow and Bitch (WIP)

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Cocktail umbrellas to protect your shoes. A condom dispenser in the shape of a mouth.

Whilst these products may not fly off the shelves at John Lewis, nor inspire investment from Branson himself, they have found a home in Hunt & Murphy’s work-in-progress, ‘Beg, Borrow & Bitch’.

Grasping at the opportunity to chase success through their feminist shopping channel, ‘Two Faced Bitchin’, Cindy and Cassandra’s friendship is put to the test when their show is cut. Physical Comedy is at the very core of Abbie Murphy and Ricky Hunt’s Beg, Borrow & Bitch. Fantastically choreographed dances lead the audience through an hour of wildly flamboyant overacting, absurdism and lots of silliness.

There is a fine line between feeling enthralled and energised, and uncomfortably manic, when watching fast-paced performances. The work-in-progress that is Beg, Borrow & Bitch struggles to effectively achieve this. Whilst the storyline was simple, the inclusion of sketch, satire, absurdism, audience participation, and physical comedy wildly overcomplicated the narrative. The hurried nature of the show thereby made it difficult to follow. Further to this confusion, themes of internalised misogyny were explored through satire based on a self-proclaimed ‘feminist shopping channel’. By placing the two female characters as victims of the gags, alongside delivering borderline jokes surrounding homelessness, transphobia, and fatphobia, this wasn’t supportive of feminism, nor was it evidently satirical.

However, this isn’t to fault the performances of Hunt & Murphy whose talents perfectly complimented one another. From Hunt’s gangly physique to melodramatic facial expressions, these sculpted Cassandra as the ultimate jester. On the other hand, through the wonderfully naïve depiction of Cindy, Murphy’s acting talents shone as she drew the audience into their weird world. The stark contrast between these two absurdist characters always evoked big laughs whenever awkward audience members were invited to join the stage.

Using the time taken to choreograph the dances, Hunt & Murphy could place a sharper focus on injecting more consistent gags into the writing of Beg, Borrow & Bitch. Whilst this show was a work-in-progress, it was also hard to understand whether forgotten props and lines were purposeful as they did evoke laughter. Through streamlining the themes, organisation and writing of Beg, Borrow & Bitch, Hunt & Murphy would have a better opportunity to showcase their talents.

If you enjoy fast-paced and melodramatic absurdism, check out Beg, Borrow & Bitch at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hunt-murphy-beg-borrow-and-bitch

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