Chris Bush and Ian McCluskeyâ€™s hugely charming song cycle purports to be â€œan almost entirely true story based on things that never actually happenedâ€. In true Nick Hornby style, the pair list their various maybes and almosts â€“ the girls that got away, the girls that ran away and the girls they never even plucked up the courage to talk to in the first place.
Their songs tell of lusting after a school friendâ€™s mum and her magnificent â€œspheres of influenceâ€, and depict the sticky-floored perils of a night on the town in Doncaster.
These two have a number of things in their favour â€“ their voices are strong, as is their playing. Their show has a satisfying narrative arc and the lyrics are consistently sharp and smart. They have a good rapport with each other and the audience, and a nice, easy performance style that chimes with the material.
And while the show has its fair share of boob gags and an ode to what Woody Allen referred to as â€œsex with someone I loveâ€ â€“ probably the weakest number - the humour is grounded in a place of emotional truth and itâ€™s this that really impresses. Youâ€™ll come away smiling â€“ thatâ€™s a given â€“ but also maybe a little reflective too.