MY FEMINIST BONER

BY ROSIE BLACKWELL-SUTTON & LAURIS DAY


My Feminist Boner – 4*

Feminism is hard sometimes, and Sarah Blanc shows us exactly how in her brilliant one-woman show, My Feminist Boner.

We’re welcomed into a therapy group by Sarah as she painstakingly explains to us where she lost her ‘Feminist Boner’ and the steps she’s been taking to find it again – from overzealous armpit hair growing and not shaving her legs, well one of them anyway.

The stage is pink. Very pink. Not unlike a teenagers dream bedroom – apart from the fact there’s a giant vagina hanging in one corner that doubles up as the set for a quirky take on a children’s tv show throughout the piece.

Bringing together video, dance, spoken word and physical theatre, Sarah expertly creates an incredibly funny and well-balanced piece.

She highlights the absurdity of different beauty fads that women often use in a high energy dance piece – pointing out how difficult it is to be a woman who’s comfortable within her own body.

There are poignant moments when Sarah brings in clips of a conversation with her father whose views on feminism are dubious, to say the least, and when she reads words written by her younger self in diary extracts. If only we all had a friendly sock puppet giving us advice every now and again.

The end piece is brilliantly built up – never have the words “Look at me, don’t look at me” carried more meaning. In fact, everyone enjoyed it so much that nobody seemed to want to leave at the end and had to be ushered out.

brightonfringe.org/whats-on/my-feminist-boner

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