Reframe The Streets

Show Detail & Review

Street Theatre


Garaghty and Thom


Hat Fair

Sunday 5th July 2015      |     3pm     |        Oram’s Arbour,  Winchester

Richard Garaghty and Goronwy Thom have both performed shows since they were teenagers so have technically been in show business for over 20 years! Each!

Over their performing life’s they have entertained thousands of diverse audiences across the world in many different guises.

Improvised comedy and high skill.

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The Review

Nick Cassenbaum
This is the most traditional street show we have seen at Winchester and I glad we saw these boys. Goronwy Thom and Richard Garaghty performed some traditional tricks, juggling, unicycling and fire juggling but of course this was not the meat of the show. The meat came from the set up and the gags. The two playful men got distracted by almost everything that went on around them, leading to interaction with audience members and comments on activity going on around them. This resulted in several gorgeous images – on dressing a photographer up as ‘Where’s Wally’, creating a VIP section in the audience with red tape and all and a moment involving a policeman chasing one of the performers.The performers are open, genuine and seem to get real joy in creating moments and stories with audience members. They see a man walking a dog and we are in Winchester’s first dog show. They see an empty pushchair and all of a sudden there is a lost child, a situation they fixed by getting another child to sit there. They created an atmosphere in which anything can happen with us watching to see what they would pick on next. But this was not picking on the audience. They made them feel like stars of their own show. This created a feeling of real delight within the crowd and it seemed as though everyone would be happy to play, to jump at the chance of getting involved. This was demonstrated expertly when they wanted to create a photo with children and ended up being flocked by over 30 kids. It reminded me of the sheer joy of seeing a ‘Boy with Tape on his Face’ show, where the openness to the play of the crowd is palpable.The show may feel like anything could happen, but it is clear that these two men have great control over the action and an understanding of their relationship to each other. This could only be created through rehearsals and running show after show after show. Their mutual support is unquestionable as they accepted whatever the other threw at them, allowing us to relax and creating a safe zone for us to play within. Also a safe zone for them to play within and react to their surroundings. A magical moment happened when they started commenting on the neighbouring show…only at a festival.The gags were good and always got a laugh. The most successful gags came from self-deprecating themselves and the show and loving mockery of individuals in the crowd. I was a little disappointed when out came a lesbian gag. There were a couple of other dated jokes in the show and I thought this show was above that. Those gags can be hurtful and cause the audience to laugh at rather than with a fellow member. They can take away the play element and make it about judgment. I have to stress this only happened a couple of times however. Most of the audience did laugh but I would question whether the laughs made with love are better laughs.

These two men know their art. They know how to work an audience. It is a wonderful street show.

The Response

Xavier Leret
Garaghty And Thom are anarchic brilliance personified, plucking just about anybody from just about anywhere in the park and coercing them into their show – though its not so much a show as a fabulous celebration of procrastination, as every time they a start on what is a rehearse element of their show, they are distracted away, even joining another audience before co-opting them into their own.These two know how to play a crowd and are so very comfortable together. They play and throw banter like the fire clubs they juggle between themselves. I loved the moments that seemed to be entirely improvised such as picking on a passing photographer, who they then dressed with clothes already prepared in their suitcase of props, as a Where’s Wally, before telling him to hide in the crowd.There was never a dull moment and the use of audience members was extremely funny but never at their expense. I loved the moment that they filled the stage with kids, the very entertaining ambulance man, and the copper chasing them handcuffs at the ready.Like Nick I could have done without the Lesbian joke or the gags about men kissing. They don’t need it and they belong to a different era. But these are mild gripes. Garaghty and Thom feel like thay have spent years perfecting their act. There is nothing they can say or do that will throw the other off-guard. Watching two performers in their element and at the height of their powers is always a joy and a perfect way to pass an afternoon.

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  1. Sharon Dennett says:

    I am: Audience Member
    Love, love, loved Garaghty & Thom,, found it funnier every time I saw it. Their interaction with the crowd and people passing by was hilarious.

  2. Daniel Funnell says:

    I am: Audience Member
    Seen this show a couple of times, well executed and very funny. A skeleton of a show wrapped up ,in a large fluffy ‘improv’ jumper. Great gags and quick witted – a must see for anyone who likes good skills and good humour.

  3. Trevor Vanderplank says:

    I am: Audience Member
    I had already seen the Garaghty and Thom show on Saturday 4th July right in front of Winchester Cathedral. My 22 year old daughter and I were in Winchester specifically for the Hat Fair. G & T were spectacular. Their interaction with the audience and passers by was very entertaining. All building up to the impressive finale of passing fire torches whilst riding giraffe unicycles! Shades of Haggis and Charlie from Hat Fair’s in the past. On the Sunday, at Oram’s Arbour, G &T were the first act that I went to see. This time my Wife was with me. She thoroughly enjoyed the show, especially the interaction with people passing by. I have been to lots of Hat Fairs over the years and Garaghty and Thom are up there with the best acts that I have seen.

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