Yippee Ki Yay
Richard Marsh presented by James Seabright
Gilded Balloon Teviot
Die Hard! The legendary classic '80s action movie that spawned a slew of sequels, copycat films and a generation of ardent movie fans who can quote every line. Richard March in many ways relies on this deep knowledge throughout Yippee Ki Yay, as he gleefully recounts the abridged events of the film in rhyming metre.
It’s a charming performance, as he launches happily into mimicry of the style of the various actors, revelling deliciously as the villainous Hans Gruber in a pretty great parody of the unmistakable cadences of Alan Rickman.
While the concept would itself be enough to sell the show as an entertaining romp, the secondary story about the relationship between two diehard Die Hard fans adds a sweetness to the tale and an interesting thematic counterpoint to its somewhat dated tale of macho heroism, even if it feels a little stretched at points and lacking in the detail it perhaps needs to feel emotionally resonant.
Rollicking fun, and filled with enough smart choices and references to other storytelling landmarks to keep Nakatomi Plaza firmly on the map.
Reviewer: Graeme Strachan