Galpals: Because at the End of the Day That's What We'd Like to Be Known As
- Suzanne Black
- 23 August 2017
Rapport and energy let down by half-formed ideas
Galpals are Emma Moran and Sarah King. Their grab-bag of sketch comedy challenges gender stereotypes, taking in Vikings, Harry Potter and some talking ovaries, and often dips into absurdity.
A sketch involving the Giant's Causeway brings a delightful humanity to the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, and an adult musical based on Incy Wincy Spider is a fully formed segment complete with songs. A reversal of the way in which male writers describe writing female characters is also worth a mention. The final sketch and designated show-topper features genderbent Victorian detectives Herlock Holmes and Dr Watdaughter enacting impromptu deductions to solve a mystery based on audience suggestions. Unfortunately, the best thing about it is the (admittedly excellent) character names with the content feeling repetitive and half-formed.
The seeds of a great show are there: Moran and King have a wealth of ideas, great energy and a winning rapport that moves away from the oft-seen format of the long-suffering sensible one and the obliviously undermining one. But the whole thing feels a little unfinished, with skits lacking pay-off and the accents and character acting not quite up to par.
Southsider, until 26 Aug, 4.30pm, free.