That Pair (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

That Pair

Putting the fun back into funeral

You can’t buy the kind of natural chemistry and comic timing that Kathryn Bond and Lorna Shaw have got going on. These Essex girls make it all look very easy, which is usually a sign that a massive amount of work has gone on to make their new hour as polished and slick as possible.

We find ourselves attending a funeral (or a ‘too-soon-eral’) for Leanne, the agent, manager and friend of That Pair as a variety of acquaintances perform songs and routines which generally veer towards the highly inappropriate or just plain wrong.

The show’s title, Never Liked Her Anyway, hints that all might not have been rosy in the showbiz garden between That Pair and their ‘friend’ and a fairly simple reveal leads to mayhem at the ceremony’s finale.

The seemingly effortless chatter of Bond and Shaw (it won’t be, it takes plenty practice) keeps the fun flowing and the funeral set-up is a cleverly constructed arena to platform a variety of characters ranging from the gently amusing to downright hilarious.

Just the Tonic at The Caves, 556 5375, until 23 Aug (not 13), 3.40pm, £8 (£7).

That Pair: Never Liked Her Anyway

  • 3 stars

The Mason Sisters @ PBJ. Critically acclaimed duo return with a brand new hour of sketch, character and musical comedy plus a lesson in how to be remembered fondly after you're gone. As heard on Radio 4's Sketchorama; as seen on BBC3's Feed My Funny and Channel 4's Comedy Blaps. Funny Women finalists 2012. 'A sublime…