BATS Theatre, Studio, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

14/05/2019 - 18/05/2019

NZ International Comedy Festival 2019

Production Details

Buckle up babe, cause it’s gonna get weird.

“A naughty, funny and energetic dynamo” Theatreview

The rumours are true; Brynley Stent is a filthy little goblin.

Off the back of successful comedy festival shows Escape from Gloriavale and Why Does This Feel So Good, Brynley is back with an hour of macabre, absurdist sketch comedy. Melding clown, mime and improv, Brynley will push the audience into strange uncharted waters, and into situations that will make you cringe and laugh at the same time.

Buckle up babe, cause it’s gonna get weird.

“She tried really hard” – Anonymous
“Not as bad as last year” – Rob Stent
“She was on stage for just the right amount of time” – Michelle Obama
“It’s a sketch show” – NZ Herald

Best Newcomer nominee 2017, NZICF
Winner – Best Performance (Comedy) 2018, Auckland Fringe Festival

BATS Theatre The Studio
14 – 18 May 2019
Full Price $22
Group 6+ $18
Concession Price $18
Cheap Wednesday $16

*Access to The Studio is via stairs, so please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.

Theatre , Solo , Sketch , Comedy ,

A skill to be treasured

Review by John Smythe 15th May 2019

Brynley Stent is a comical treasure, as much for conceiving the sketches she’s dreamed up as for the way she plays them out. Who knew so much humour could be drawn from sources so minimal!  

Just eating spoonsful of the sponsor’s product gets ambivalent shrieks from the audience and her show hasn’t even started yet! When the digital screen, mostly used to announce each sketch, features, in slo-mo, her face in extreme close-up as it responds ever-so-subtly to … whatever she’s up to off-screen, we become fully engaged.

Clad in lederhosen and a pointy hat, Brynley’s rosy-cheeked Little Goblin is the picture of childlike innocence. So where does the ‘filthy’ come in? Not in Arrabella’s tender letters from the Southern States to gone-to-war James. The humour here is increasingly dark as it comprehensively exposes the male psyche and female conditioning. And on opening night her seamless incorporation of latecomers’ arrival proves what a consummate artist she is.

Brynley seems to have gone off-script for a moment when she deals with a situation we have all experienced from one side or the other. I’ll say no more, except who knew total stillness could be so confrontationally funny?  

‘I like to steal people’s jobs’ is the caption on the graphic for the sketch where Brynley interacts with a supermarket self-checkout device. What happens and where she takes this idea in successive iterations is weird, wonderful and yes, a bit ‘filthy’ – as well as heart-breaking and warming.  

Birthday presents, whether given or received, or not, can stir all sorts of emotions – which leads to ‘guilt-edged’ comedy in Brynley’s hands. And she juxtaposes crude fantasy with real life anguish under the banner of ‘Girls Girls Girls’ – who knew porn could be so poignant?

Roses get their comeuppance. We get back to innocence with ‘Wolt Dinny Pictures’ in mime – or do we? The vexed phone hang-up situation plays out to a bitter end. But miracles can happen – and do, which can be problematical. As for the game show ‘Mints or Mince!’, the horoscopes, the post-apocalypse Robot’s search for companionship, the restaurant sketch … All priceless.

Brynley Stent’s seemingly effortless ability to conjure up scenes, situations, characters and humour out of thin air, with minimal ‘acting’, proves her prowess at engaging an audience and creating the spaces in which, no matter how bizarre it gets, we always ‘get it’. It’s a skill to be treasured.   

Grab you chance in this very intimate BATS Studio season, before her inevitable transfer to bigger spaces. 


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