I love theatre… I think I’ve mentioned on here before that I try and see as much theatre as I can, especially when it comes to musicals. Therefore, when I got the chance to see What the Feminist?!* – A brand new musical comedy exploring feminism, I was incredibly intrigued…
I went in with no expectations because, due to the fact that this is a brand new production by a small theatre company formed of LAMDA alumni, I knew nothing about the play in advance other than the title and genre. However, expectations or no expectations, I was thoroughly impressed.
It’s essentially a collection of different scenarios, with each scene tackling a different situation or feminist issue in a different way. It ranged from a documentary-style scene tackling a “typical lad” in his natural habitat going to chat up a girl, to an awkward boss not knowing whether to shake a girls hand due to all these new movements, to a rap battle between a stay at home mum and a family-less business woman… the list goes on. Most scenes were comedic in their hyperbole and yet they were still so relatable to real life situations that most of us have experienced, really drawing attention to how ludicrous a lot of the things we experience as a result of gender inequality are.
The play had the perfect balance of witty and uncomfortable moments, with songs with powerful, upfront messages, as well as many that provoked you to question the situations that many of us have had to experience in our lives. They played with musical genres from rap, to cabaret, to very lively numbers, and each came with its own bold, sarcastic flare. I was hooked from the first song (Aptly named ‘What The Feminist’), and every time the whole cast came out to perform together, my friend and I both found ourselves hoping that it wasn’t the final song, and there was more to come.
What I found particularly amazing is how intelligent they managed to make a 45 minute musical comedy. Feminism is such a weighted issue, and yet in 45 minutes they managed to cover intersectionality, how men are affected too, LGBTQ involvement, rape culture, how feminism extends to politics and the #metoo movement… it was anything but a basic interpretation of feminism, and I was amazed that they managed to fit so much in to such a short play.
I could really see this production going far and I really hope that it does because the whole time I was watching all I could think about was how so many people could benefit from seeing a show like this. It seemed so lighthearted; as an audience we were constantly laughing, and yet we still received so much vital information. The Bits and Bobs theatre company have got a real gem on their hands and I wish them so much luck in taking this and turning it into something truly amazing that even more people are able to see.
Unfortunately, I’m publishing this on their last London run, but they are going to be performing at Edinburgh Fringe! So if you have a chance to check them out I strongly recommend that you do; you won’t be disappointed. I’m pretty sure that they’re fundraising for that now, and whilst I don’t have the details, I am going to leave links to all their social media below so you can probably find all updates and whatnot there…
I am so happy that I saw this play. And I hope that more people get a chance to in the future.
Does this sound like something you’d want to see? Let me know your own opinions in the comments,
Lots of love,
*DISCLAIMER* This review is not sponsored, but I was given a complimentary ticket to see this show. However, that does not affect the integrity of my review. All my thoughts and opinions are my own and I always work to keep my reviews genuine and honest.