Written and performed by Rosie Wilby
Pros: A charming show presenting the soft face of feminism.
|Courtesy of Camden People’s Theatre|
Rosie Wilby presents what I can only describe as an oral history of her experiences as part of a feminist magazine at York University.
It’s rather charming as it blends a personal account of loves, losses and personal politics alongside motivations and desires of an 18 year old discovering pro-women issues and female solidarity. Rosie is a comedian but presents a pleasantly shambolic story. It feels more like a close friend recounting amusing anecdotes over tea than a tight theatrical performance.
The show had a jovial curve to it where we discover Rosie’s main motivation throughout most of her involvement with feminist publication Matrix (as in Greek panthology, rather than reality-bending (or is it)) at York University was not an overaching desire to change the world. It is that of romantic crushes and desire for acceptance. The show questions the notion of being politically pure at heart. Which, in my view, is part of what feminism is about on a grant scale.
Unfortunately, the show started 25 minutes late and near the end of the performance, we were unable to see the last few slides and clips, robbing Rosie not only of her very nice circular shaped show but of her finishing punchline. The benefit of this style of show is that a jovial empathetic atmosphere had been created so as an audience we suffer with Rosie rather than because of her.
It’s possible to have a fun and light-hearted romance-centric show but still be meaty. I see a lot of potential in this show to dispel a lot of sterotypes, be fun, witty, personable and punchy, but it’s not there just yet.
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