REVIEW: FLO & JOAN: BEFORE THE SCREAMING STARTS (Assembly George Square Gardens) ★★★★★

Musical comedy stars Flo & Joan hit the big time in late 2016 with their virtual YouTube video ‘The 2016 Song” in which they poked fun at all the things that had happened in the news that year. In 2018, Flo & Joan graced our screens in a TV advert for Nationwide Building Society, with a song about sibling rivalry. Back at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival again this year, Flo & Joan are once again playing to sell out crowds and I feel lucky to have had the joy to see them live once again.

The idea for this show, Before The Screaming Starts, came to the sisters in January this year, when they watched a documentary about 80’s pop star brothers Bros. The show follows the idea of whether sibling acts are doomed to fail, in sixty minutes of sisterly banter and wickedly funny songs.

Knowing Flo & Joan’s two musical comedy albums ‘Victory Flaps’ and ‘Kindness of Stranglers’ so well, I went in hoping to hear some of the classic songs but of course this is a brand new show with brand new material so that didn’t happen. However, within about ten seconds of the show starting, I realised it didn’t matter because I was watching brand new songs that are just as brilliant as the ones I already know and love.

Flo & Joan release their stand up show ‘Alive On Stage’ later this month (18 August) on Amazon Prime. Be sure to check it out!

Reviewed by West End Wilma


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