BAD [w]OMEN: Mirrors

Surrealist feminist sketch comedy that's high on energy but underdeveloped

★★
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Bad (w)omen - Mirrors
Published 18 Feb 2018

From the beer garden of The Producers spring three women in shiny, silver bodysuits. Chloe Culpin, Rosie Blackadder and Jennie Hall combine clowning with sketch comedy to produce a highly physical and energetic show. 

While many jokes appear at first to be overly reliant on puns and stereotypes, a beat later the penny drops. The satirical commentary on feminist topics, including gendered language and sex, as well as the impact of capitalism and second-wave feminism on women today (a particularly smart highlight of the show), becomes clear. The writing is clever and the delivery is tongue-in-cheek. 

Sadly, Mirrors fails to fire overall and the audience is never quite won over. The venue doesn’t do the performers any favours – the crowd is spread across too large an area when they need to be corralled to the front. Unluckily, there are a few mis-timed cues from the sound desk tonight too. BAD [w]OMEN are a group with lots of potential though, and one to watch as they progress.