Matt Hitt and Hannah George at Ventnorville, part of the Ventnor Fringe Festival. Picture by Emily Scotcher.
VAUDEVILLE arrived in Ventnor on Friday night when Matt Hitt and Hannah George took to the stage with their semi-spoof revue, Ventnorville.
After a unique interpretation of Get Your Freak On from the duo, the 'magical and uncomfortable’ Laura Reid was invited to the piano. Her ballad The Happy Song, a mournful tune about 'another woman’ with an unexpectedly murderous punchline, was a highlight.
Pretentious performance poetry from Matt and Hannah followed, in which a travel chess set, a cross-stitch parrot and two wedding dresses featuring among the weird selection of items discovered on their journey to the RSPCA charity shop.
The second special guest of the evening was Hannah’s brother, Tom George, a musician also known as The Lion and the Wolf, who struck up an enviable rapport with the audience from the moment he stepped onto the stage.
Les Miserables is renowned for being one of the world’s longest and most emotionally-charged musicals – at least, it was until Matt and Hannah got their hands on it.
The entire plot – complete with musical numbers, quick costume changes and a loaf of bread – was condensed into just ten minutes in an unprecedented comic abridgment.
Politically incorrect, musically and utterly hilarious, Ventnorville embodied the spirit of the Ventnor Fringe and was a stroke of sheer genius at every quirky turn.