Writer: Claire Parker
Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts
Claire Parker is a transgender woman and though Correct Me if I’m Wrong she would like to take you on a journey into gender, pronouns and her story of self-discovery.
Before the show, everyone is presented with a cardboard box and told to delve within to retrieve a pronoun badge. If you’re happy with what you get you’re instructed to proudly wear your badge for the rest of the show – and beyond if you like, if not then you can dip back into the box again and see if you find something more fitting.
The show then gets off to a rocky start with a short and very loud segment about how the only thing Parker shares in common with the comedian Miranda Hart, is height. Throughout which, and throughout the remainder of the show, she proves with shouty mock anger and clunky stereotype heavy jokes, that this is not true.
With the hour is devoted to taking the audience on the journey of her life. From being a little girl trapped in the body of a little boy, to marriage, work and her eventual coming out. These stories are deeply personal and heartfelt, and could with a different performer easily be perceived as a little sad, but Parker finds the positive punchline within each one. Finding humour and hope within a life which events have not always been straightforward.
Accompanying Parker on stage is a school-room style whiteboard and some magnetic stickers. Teaching us about her life, Parker tells hilarious anecdotes about her Grandmother’s struggle with remembering pronouns, her son’s indifference to bigotry, and her own struggle with style.
Correct Me if I’m Wrong is an hour of loud, educational comedy with heart.
Runs until 12 May 2017 | Image: Contributed
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