Review: Queue

Arthur Tan 9 May 2018

Despite the heat of the Corpus Playroom, the hilarious (and at sometimes ridiculous) nature of Queue left me wanting more. Having laughed for the full hour, the walk back to college was full of chatter about how entertaining we found the whole show and our disbelief that people our age could write and perform with such talent. Queue is certainly not one to miss.

Throughout the show, references to the title were made, with several sketches taking on an (although sometimes subtle) element of a queue. Even the stage decoration, such as posters stating ‘Wait for your Turn’ and ‘Single File Only’ placed around the Corpus Playroom, echoed the system so synonymous with Britain and helped to keep up the central theme set by the title. Although trying to work out the queue reference in every sketch was fruitless, as some barely touched the topic, the sketch show itself managed to become its own queue. The short and snappy sketches next to lengthier ones full of dialogue, with an array of pop and R&B music rapidly played in the interludes, creates a fast-paced and dynamic show, reminiscent of a real-life queue. However, this queue is far more entertaining than any other one I have ever been in.

Right from the introduction, which was full of energy, the entire show was fast-paced and never slowed as it progressed on. Even when you’re still laughing at the last sketch, you’re already smiling at another joke that has been made. Each joke hit the spot, with one or two more shocking than the rest. Moreover, the performance of the cast ensured that each sketch fulfilled its potential, and no moment fell flat. Throughout the show, humorous references to British culture were made, whether it was the overall theme of the queue, an incredibly funny satire of a ‘gap yah’ student, a Winston Churchill-esque speech about how we must embrace the two days of sunshine we get, or a remake with a well-known figure of the ‘Made in the Royal Navy’ advert. The content of the sketches was varied, and the differing use of media, such as music and voice-overs, effectively added to the dynamism of the performance. The cast should be given great praise for coming up with so much funny content repeatedly throughout the hour-long show.

It would be hard to pick a favourite sketch, as truly they were all thoroughly entertaining, and the same can be said for the performers. Different characters were played well by all of the cast, with some of the stand-out characters being the ‘cool dad’ played by Will Owen, and the ‘gap yah’ student played by Izzy Lewis. Both featured characteristics we may see in people we know ourselves, adding to the humour of these characters. Although at times it could get a bit shouty, the overall delivery was slick, and each member of the cast stood out for the right reasons. Undoubtedly this will not be the last time we see these fresher comedians – it is clear to see the cast will go onto big things on the Cambridge scene and further afield.

Whether you are seeking to relieve a bit of exam stress, or just interested to see some comedy put on by other students, Queue is definitely the show to catch. I would thoroughly recommend grabbing a ticket and placing yourself in the queue outside of the Corpus Playroom to see the show while it is still on.