2019 Fringe Festival Review: Sleeping Trees

Who: Sleeping Trees
Where: The Garden of Unearthly Delights
When: 15 February – 17 March
Cost: $21-32

Sleeping Trees are a sketch comedy trio made up of UK born and bred James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua Smith and John Woodburn. The three have been living and working together for the last 10 years, earning them widespread popularity across the British Isles. This, their first World Tour, is their first visit to Australia.

The show is fast-paced. They begin moving through quick sketches, firing one after the other. Then, the show becomes a story, each of the three explaining what they have been doing over the last year in sketch form. Their misadventures are as wild as continuing an extinct species, seeing the world, and escaping being abducted. And similarly, the sketches are wild.

Sleeping Trees have a good stage presence. You can tell even seated from the audience that they are good friends and they gel really well as a team. While the show was a fun time, some of the jokes were a little hit and miss. Still, this didn’t detract too much from the overall experience.

James, Josh, and John all excel at voices and impressions and the personification of each of the characters in their sketches is excellent. I particularly liked the quick skip into musical theatre, and the real talent that they possessed. The finale was really quite beautiful and probably made the show.

3.5 / 5 stars

Natalie Carfora

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