Kemsley and Callaghan: Keeping Their Cool

Harriet Kemsley and Sarah Callaghan may be just starting out, but at least they have each other. In a sweet and well-paced double bill, Kemsley’s shy, fearful-yet-unabashed character pairs well with Callaghan’s tough-girl attitude and the strength of the show comes from their alchemy as a duo.

As individuals, Kemsley and Callaghan each deliver straightforward monologues. Kemsley’s observational jokes are timed well, while Callaghan’s mild rants are intelligent if sped through a little too quickly. While neither ventures into new territory either with content or style, they both project a quiet confidence that belies their scant years and puts the audience at ease. Still, their reliance on jokes asks for a lot in their writing and in this arena neither has much to go on yet.

What does feel exciting about their show is the obvious potential for their characters – Kemsley’s bumbling and open-hearted fool, next to Callaghan’s anger-prone-yet-ineffective authority – to clash, cajole and create together. The Laurel and Hardy-style of high-status/low-status clowns feels fresh on a pair of young women and I hope they continue to support and challenge each other to reach higher and farther both in their individual routines and in their careers together.

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The Blurb

Funny's Funny winner Harriet Kemsley is trying to find her cool, whilst Funny Women finalist Sarah Callaghan is rapidly losing hers. It's free, so you might as well come and find yours, innit.

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