★★★★ | Power Couple

Relationships are peculiar things: whether your status is single, in a relationship or ‘it’s complicated’. Power Couple is an innovative comedy show which looks at a relationship from the viewpoint of both participants proving just how funny relationships can be.

Stephen Bailey has spent the past twenty-something years trying to find true love and romance. For years he prayed for a womb so he could trap a man but he’s done it the normal way – through a love spell (well he tried apparently). Gary John Senior is completely different; he has spent his life avoiding a relationship until almost by accident (or witchcraft) Stephen happened. As they embarked on a relationship, Gary’s brow got sweatier. Not only does he have to deal with his own neurosis, he has to deal with Stephen’s too. Gary takes us through his findings from his first year in his first relationship (ever) to explore the real fine line between love and madness.

The show takes the form of two sets, each partner talking about the relationship. Gary mourns the loss of days watching porn and playing on his Playstation which has been replaced by inquisitions, insecurities and the minefield that is sending a text to your boyfriend and forgetting the little ‘x’ at the end. Stephen is re-appraising his ideas of romance as he gets treated to Groupon dates and unusual birthday gifts.

The show is really amusing and anyone who has been in, observed or run a mile from a relationship can identify with the two men and their experiences. The observational comedy is warm and affectionate but no less biting in its wit for this.

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For a great comedy experience catch the boys at the Edinburgh Fringe or at the Edinburgh preview show:
‘PowerCouple: 1st-25th August 2013  London Previews: Monday 29th July 2013, Comedy Café Theatre, Shoreditch, London
Follow them at: facebook.com/powercouplecomedy or on Twitter: @
PowerCoupleUK, @StephenComedy, and @GaryJohnSenior

About the author: Chris Bridges
Chris is a theatre and book obsessed Midlander who escaped to London. He's usually to be found slumped in a seat in a darkened auditorium.