Galpals: Because at the End of the Day That's What We'd Like to Be Known As (2 stars)

Galpals: Because at the End of the Day That's What We'd Like to Be Known As

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.

Galpals: Because at the End of the Day, That's What We'd Like to be Known as

  • 2 stars

Galpals / PBH's Free Fringe Colour coordinated galpals Emma Moran and Sarah King, explore the meaning of friendship through the mediums of poorly made hats and sketch comedy. Emma and Sarah draw from the strength of their deep kind-of-liking of each other to bash through a frantic hour of absurd characters and witty…

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