Total Football

Total Football
Written and performed by Ridiculusmus: David Woods and Jon Haynes. Devising contributions from Fiona O’Roake, Paul Goddard, Paul Bongiorno and Renee Palmer. La Mama (Vic). Sept 22 to Oct 10.

David Woods and Jon Haynes are London based actors who have a string of Australian comedy credits to their name, ‘Ridiculusmus’. These include a two-hander of The Importance of Being Earnest staged at Malthouse Theatre in 2006.

Basically this work is two consummate actors portraying a number of stereotypes of English characters with real aplomb and great comic timing. Even though, on the second night of the season they did seem a little under rehearsed, they were still very funny.

‘Our piece has evolved along with the story of all that into a behind closed doors imagined 2012 football tournament, along the lines of the usual disastrous outcome for UK teams. There are flashbacks, where the players and coaching staff, though close by are only ever represented through the white collar paper shuffler class’ take on the whole thing and what it means. We hope you get something good from it…’ David Woods (program notes)

Total Football is a clever and entertaining and has its place and if you love ‘blokie’ British humour and are interested in what it means to be British today - go and see it!

Suzanne Sandow

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