Comedy review: Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks

Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks. Picture: comp
Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks. Picture: comp
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WRESTLING has always been seen as either a sport or high theatrics. Choose whichever side you want, it’s something that holds a mass appeal to audiences all around the world.

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Assembly George Square ​

In the 70s in Britain, the world of wrestling was in its prime. Millions of people regularly tuned in every Saturday to witness two rivals; Big Daddy (aka Shirley Crabtree) and Giant Haystacks (Martin Ruane) battle it out in the ring.

This latest comedy slam down from Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon examines the enormous success that these two competitors had over their spectators.

At the Assembly George Square, as our two heavyweight performers, Ross Gurney-Randall and David Mounfield, gear up their audience with aggressive chants, classic taunts and showboating, it can be seen that the cultural impact these two men had 40 years ago still lingers.

But all shadily clad leotards aside, Randall and Mounfield successfully portray an insightful, funny and sometimes tragic look into the super stardom that these two men had to handle, both on and off the ring.

With a script that will no doubt re-ignite the nostagia of long lost childhoods, Mitchell and Nixon’s latest Fringe outing will be equally as entertaining for the less informed attendee.

Just don’t expect it all to be real.