PowerCouple - Stand-up Comedy from Stephen Bailey and Gary John Senior

One of the beautiful things about the Fringe is the way in which so many shows can be supported simultaneously. At times, of course, this means cramming into spaces that are less than ideal: store cupboards; conference suites and – in this case – a staff room.

In such an intimate space – and one so hot that every now and then one of the PowerCouple aims a blast of cool air at the perspiring audience with a fan – a show about the two sides to a gay relationship has the potential to be uncomfortable. What if it’s not funny? What if there’s too much information on sexual predilections? And more to the point, how does the format even work: does each man take turns at saying lines into the mic?

Gradually, our fears are allayed. The humour? It happens. The sexual stuff? It happens too, but without inducing gasps of ‘Ewww!’. The format also unfolds naturally: for the first half hour, Stephen Bailey discusses their relationship. Then it’s Gary John Senior’s turn to dish the dirt.

Bailey is ginger and very camp. John Senior is tanned and masculine. One may be chalk to the other’s cheese but together they form a power couple. The pair’s real life relationship appears to be strong – much like their real life comedy. It’s gentle humour rather than tear-streaking laughs (‘That was my only joke in the set,’ acknowledges John Senior), but the duo are easy to listen to and easy to like.

PowerCouple is packed with observations that every couple can relate to. Should Stephen Bailey and Gary John Senior ever break up, here’s hoping they agree to share joint custody of the show. A stand-up routine delivered by two loved-up guys is enjoyable; the same format dispensed by two disgruntled exes would be delicious.

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The Blurb

This show depicts the two sides to every relationship based on Stephen and Gary's real experience in their own. This show is for everyone – straight, gay or ginger.

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