Dad's Army Radio Hour, Review

Dads Army Radio Hour

★★★★★

Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)​| Aug 2-28 |14:40| £12.50 - £13.50|

This show is a completely unadulterated nostalgia trip celebrating nearly 50 years of the beloved classic BBC sitcom Dad's Army.

The familiar theme tune of “Who Do you think you are Kidding Mr Hitler?” plays out over the speakers. The lights then come up on a simple staged radio studio, complete with scripts, microphones and the traditional red on-air light making you feel very much part of a live studio audience. 

This style of show hinges on the impersonations of the actors and David Benson and Jack Lane deliver an astounding performance flawlessly. As soon as you hear Benson’s impersonation of the nasal tones of John Snagge providing the traditional introduction you know you’re in for a treat. 

Lane and Benson’s talent shines through as they take on the daunting task of bringing the entire Dads Army cast to life. Expertly portraying these well-known and beloved characters with ease, bringing not only their voices but their subtle mannerisms to life on stage. The impersonations are done to such great effect that if you closed your eyes you could well believe the original cast were all there in the studio.

With Lane performing an impeccable Captain Mainwaring reminiscent of Arthur Lowe with all his pomp and frustration, then effortlessly switching to the anxious tones of Jones with “Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring, don’t panic” to then change again to the eager Pike constantly questioning. Benson is not outdone by this and brings the languid Sergeant Wilson to life, the bumbling characteristics of Godfrey and the iconic words of Fraser’s “We're doomed” to name but a few. 

Both Lane and Benson complement each other in their respective roles feeding of each other and delivering a harmonious performance of excellent calibre. 

This is a must-see for fans of Dad's Army and will certainly not disappoint. Faultlessly delivering the timeless classic stories with incredible skill bringing much laughter to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.