Kieran and Joe: Friends of Steel (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Kieran and Joe: Friends of Steel

Mercurial chemistry in pair's solidly entertaining double act

This masterclass in friendship is more of a lesson in intimidation as Kieran Hodgson and Joe Parham put the living fear into a front row which could be plucked from and experimented on at any moment. Now ploughing on as a trimmed-down double act (yes, they’re minus an extra Joe these days), Kieran plays the role of naïve buffoon while Joe is the permanently on-edge moaner for whom nothing is ever quite right. As they explore the ‘six golden rules of friendship’ through various scenarios such as Friends of Steel, the ante is well and truly upped on audience participation.

The pair’s mercurial chemistry (there’s a splendid bit about them finishing off each other’s sentences) and choreographed blundering is a real joy at first but isn’t quite enough to maintain total interest through to their sing-song finale. Identically dressed (think a less hirsute 118 118 duo than the felonious Reservoir Dogs), the twosome lead us through the trials and tribulations of being pals with sketches involving an invisible chum, the holiday from hell and some R’n’B silliness.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug, 3.15pm, £8.50--£9.50 (£7--£8).

Kieran and Joe: Friends of Steel

  • 3 stars

Double act Kieran and Joe lead a course in extreme friendship training. A show for anyone who has ever bonded with another human being or is thinking about giving it a go. Come learn from the masters how to make friends, keep friends and break friends. 'Relentlessly hilarious, craftsmanlike in concept, writing and…