Review: Susie McCabe

A self-effacing airing of dirty laundry

★★★
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Susie McCabe Domestic Disaster
Published 27 Feb 2019

Susie McCabe found herself single and moving back in with her parents while nearing 40. Her mum thinks she’s hopeless, her dad is just glad to have someone averting the critical gaze, and Susie didn’t realise she needed to tell her parents every time she has a date.

Domestic Disaster sees McCabe laugh at the everyday through her own experiences, such as her inability to separate laundry and breaking the iron by not filling it with 'ironing water'. But as McCabe builds the audience’s trust, she brings us to her central narrative: that the expectations we have of men and women need to change.

She argues we need to stop focussing our anger on straight men and learn to deal with toxic femininity and internalised misogyny. While there are certainly relatable aspects to the message, tonight it fails to stir the passion in the audience McCabe is aiming for.

McCabe is an engaging standup who shows genuine care and connection. Her anecdotes are witty and well-crafted, and while it fails to pack a knockout emotional punch, Domestic Disaster is a joy.