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James & Jamesy. Photo by Thaddeus Hink.

Fringe Review: High Tea: Another British Comedy

By Apartment613 on June 16, 2017

Reviewed by David Currie


James & Jamesy. Photo by Chris Ross.

James & Jamesy. Photo by Chris Ross.

High Tea: Another British Comedy
by James & Jamesy

60 min / Comedy / G

James and Jamesy have already won just about every Fringe Festival award they can, and the reason is obvious: these two are exceptional. This year, High Tea takes the theatre and turns it on its head breaking not only the forth wall but the space-time continuum as well. The only thing these two don’t break is their tea set in this wonderful hour of play and whimsy.

Imagination propels this story forward at a much faster pace than I would have believed possible. We are taken to many corners of the world in this journey, as James and Jamesy masterfully play the audience and build their show.

High Tea is working on a number of emotional, physical, and intellectual levels and uses all the tools of “low” art to create something elevated and quite brilliant. Describing any part of this show does the art a disservice, as this show must be seen to be understood. Go see this show! The script is absolutely astonishing and these two titans of the Fringe circuit present one of the tightest pieces of theatre I have ever seen. The audience participation aspect propels the story forward in a way I have never seen before. This is a must see show where all your ideas of impossible and possible will be challenged, conquered, and laughed at (by you).


High Tea: Another British Comedy by James & Jamesy is playing at Academic Hall (133 Séraphin-Marion) until Sunday June 18, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the show schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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