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

Mon 7th August 2017


Kiya Evans

at 09:56 on 8th Aug 2017



In a small, curtain-doored back room at The Southside pub, floor littered with magazines, Emma Moran and Sarah King exude energy, repressed puns, and female solidarity in the PBS Free Fringe show, ‘Galpals: Because at the End of the Day, That's What We'd Like to be Known as’. The title is a fitting one, because the friendship between the two and their complete comfort with one another absolutely makes it - you get the sense that much of their time spent together is not at all dissimilar to what they present in this show. This feeling of comfort and ease transfers to the audience, so much so that one member responds to the question “What was his [the sketch characters’] favourite sex position?” with “The carrot.”

Moran and King’s willingness and ability to play off of their audience helps to maintain the friendly tone and sense of camaraderie, building a rapport with audience members. Their play takes the form of a sketches, something which keeps the show feeling fresh and lively, and a medium which both performers seem to be naturally at ease with. A hugely important aspect of ‘Galpals’ is the energetic and distinctive personalities which Moran and King bring to the show, adding further layers of comedy to their sketches and meaning that the transitions became just as humorous as the content itself.

The focus is on female friendship and feminism, with lots of sexual humour and innuendos, including an ‘adult retelling’ of ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’. Although some of the jokes fell flat, and the style of humour may not be for everyone, the audience in our viewing were incredibly engaged and responsive, appreciative of the wider tropes and usually male dominated stories which the show often dismantles. I myself found the piece original and inventive, as well as very self aware - the atmosphere was casual and low pressure, and although not all of the jokes were wholly successful, the concepts behind all of the sketches are incredibly solid. You can tell that the pair are comfortable as performers, but they bring such a fresh energy to what they are doing that sweeps the audience along with it.

Overall, ‘Galpals: Because at the End of the Day, That's What We'd Like to be Known as’ is well worth a watch, if only to see Moran and King’s witty and life-affirming relationship. The piece is a little cliché and cheesy in places, going for cheap laughs (although I did enjoy the ‘Take a Break’ quip), but the sketches are fundamentally very original. The comedy duo possess such an infectious energy, as proven by the fits of laughter they had their audience in.


Helen Chatterton

at 10:58 on 8th Aug 2017



‘Galpals: Because At The End Of The Day, That's What We'd Like To Be Known As’ is a two women un-themed sketch show. Despite being hidden away in the backroom of a busy pub, the show promises an hour of intelligent and light-hearted entertainment.

Featuring two friends, Emma Moran and Sarah King, the script was very well-written. The different sketches proved to have enough variety. Some sketches were just silly, such as the ancient Greek version of ‘If you’re happy and you know it’. Others made a gentle mockery of the misogyny in the film industry. Though all proved popular with the audience who were made up of a variety of ages. At every opportunity, the pair pushed for the joke. Whilst sometimes it took me a little while to understand what was going on, no sketch failed to get a laugh from the audience. Said laughter was not side-splitting, but was definitely more than just a polite acknowledgment of a joke attempted. The best jokes undoubtedly lie in the productions final sketch, which took on an improvised element. “Herlock Holmes and Watdaughter” took to solving a murder mystery, using audience given responses, taking everything in their stride.

The use of props and costume changes were ample enough to facilitate the range of different characters without requiring excessive pauses between sketches. That King’s stick on moustache kept trying to answer the call of gravity became just another comedic element.

Further success was brought to the performance by the character of Moran and King. From the outset they seemed friendly, chatting with the audience as we entered, and their positive and relaxed attitude throughout made them even more likeable. In a way, the show felt like it was being put on for their friends, to which the audience has become a member of. Their relationship with one another easily came across, and was another strength. Both Moran and King also had a good sense of comedic timing, and the show as a whole was well rehearsed. Despite how much was packed into a single hour, the pace did not seem rushed, with the audience given ample breathing time between sketches. In addition to such, the audience was also encouraged to “Take a Break”, both in real life and in the form of the magazines secreted under the seats.

Despite having now seen the show, I still could not explain what the second clause of the show’s title is meant to be about, but obviously this does not detract from the productions performance value.

Whilst not hysterically funny, ‘Galpals: Because At The End Of The Day, That's What We'd Like To Be Known As’ is the perfect antidote to sombre theatre or dark comedy. Not relying on mocking the audience, Moran and King put on a good-natured show that is well worth seeing.


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