After hearing Hand to God described as ‘Book of Mormon meets Avenue Q’ I blindly booked tickets and didn’t read anything about the premise of the show…I thought it would be more surprising that way! The show takes a little time to get going with some rather serious themes at the start, but took puppetry to a whole new level with both puppet and master playing separate characters. The story line overall is very strange, but I can’t fault Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley from Harry Potter all grown up) he was truly brilliant in making his hand puppet, Tyrone, a real person.
Yes, it did have us all hysterically laughing at points and gasping with shock at others, but we all left wide-eyed with a one word consensus of ‘weird’. I sadly couldn’t say I loved it, even though there were a few clever and witty lines, most the roaring laughter came from somewhat slapstick moments, which do pale in comparison to the comical lyrical genius of Avenue Q, which will always remain the favourite.
Area: Covent Garden
Rating: 2.7 / 5.0