The art of working in tandem is a delicate balance of give and take, of back and forth and in the case of Kieran Boyd and Derek Wilson’s brand-new Fringe show, it’s a balance of abruptly deadpan monologues and outlandishly bizarre, maximum intensity skits.
Tandem is playing every night from now till 16th September so if you’re feeling nostalgic for those two goofballs from school that always had everyone in stitches during Drama classes, I think I’ve found your fix. Between Kieran’s obscurity and dryness and Derek’s outlandishness and grandiosity, the pair put on a delightful rollercoaster of a show and deliver a performance that embodies all that the Fringe Festival is about. There’s something very warming about a cosy, red brick room and a couple of talented young comedians getting a chance to strut their stuff - In Fringe We Trust. The writing in Tandem holds the key to the duo’s hilarity whilst their props, dress ups and musical antics help keep it all ticking along.
We caught up with the pair afterwards to see the ins and outs of their intriguing duality and it was a blast to see them being just as funny off stage as they were on. They meet just a year ago, doing improv at the Improv Conspiracy and both felt they had ‘half a show’ as Fringe Festival came ever-closer. And thus, was the birth of Tandem, a melting pot of their desire to perform sketches but also have their ‘own time on stage to have [their] individual styles shine’.
Before departing we wanted to test their tandem skills and with a quick ‘How well do you know me’ style quiz. Whilst the pair were yet to get a firm grip on each other’s answers to our random list of questions- Derek’s guess for Kieran’ biggest fear (needles) was ‘drowning’ to which Kieran replied, ‘if you mean drowning in a vat of needles?’- they certainly have learned enough about each other to know how to piece together a wild and entertaining show.
You can find Tandem playing at Vaults 10-12 (beside Pilgrim) in Federation Square until September 16th, so do yourself a favour and get behind these two loveable kooks and support some great emerging comedy.