Sometimes we need a friend – just someone to banter with, to share a laugh, to keep us company. Cabaret star Tommy Bradson’s show Two Sharp Teeth features Kevin, your enthusiastic new friend that you never knew you needed.
The intimate and cosy Spare Room at the Garden of Unearthly Delights is a wonderful setting for such an eccentric and offbeat show. It’s comedy, sort of, but also a running commentary on life, covering everything from schoolyard bullying to his grandma’s pussy.
The show we saw on International Women’s Day featured a strong theme of consent, equality, and generally “not being a cunt”, which was uplifting. This message was dispersed amongst Kevin’s tales of love and love lost, including a rather unfortunate comment on a sexual partner’s body, made in a moment of panic, in which he poorly selected the words he used to encapsulate the joy he felt.
The show is funny, but only kind of. It was crass and shocking, but only kind of. There’s a plethora of fantastic ‘so bad they’re good’ gags at the beginning, so anyone wanting to stock up on dad jokes should bring a pen and paper. But what it lacks in belly laughs, it makes up for by being bizarrely charming in the extreme and very eclectic, with fluid boundaries as to exactly what it is. I found myself with a big smile on my face long after I left the venue and a lot of joy in my heart, so the show definitely has something special in it. There’s almost a naïve innocence to it, if you put aside the sexual content and the number of times he talks about pussies.
Bradson is an animated and immersed performer, bringing Kevin to life in such a way that you can’t help but like him. It’s hard to define the show to a single genre or a single theme - generally, it’s hard to define the show. Two Sharp Teeth really needs to be experienced. Maybe you’ll like it, maybe you won’t. But every single person walk out of the show with a huge smile on their face, so it’s got to be worth it just for that.
Two Sharp Teeth plays at The Garden of Unearthly Delights until 17th March. Tickets can be purchased here.