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Sarah Blanc in My Feminist Boner

BRIGHTON FRINGE: My Feminist Boner – The Warren Studio 3

Writer: Sarah Blanc
Director: Sarah Blanc
Reviewer: Sophie Huggins

Wrapped in a leopard print dressing gown, with toes glistening in red nail varnish and a masked head deep in a steam machine, Sarah Blanc, as herself, puts the crazy in modern day beauty crazes in this delightfully spirited comedy.

“I’m not a feminist I’m more a middle of the road man” an Irish voice crackles out of the speaker to which Blanc replies “what do you think feminism means Dad?!” Using her father’s unusual political views and a series of ‘viaries’ (video diaries – #vloggers!) Blanc unearths the joy in 21st-century female expectations from her hilarious satirical standpoint. Motivated by Take That and armed with an abdominal belt, exercise machine and glittered dress, she makes light of popular pampering routines, from a ‘boob tone roller’ to toe contouring lessons – the ridiculousness entirely working in her favour. Set on a cluttered stage, not dissimilar to that of a teenage bedroom, Blanc takes the audience back to her younger self – a Britney Spears loving fan girl recording her own radio show (SarahFM) in her kitchen. Through clever and engaging audience participation she encourages a mutual reflection on the younger years, on the difference in priorities and on a simpler life.

There is an overwhelming sense of honesty in this production, partly because Sarah Blanc plays Sarah Blanc, but also because there is a spontaneous energy between performer and audience; a live electrical charge in which she is entirely reacting to the people present in the room. Almost improvisational at times, Blanc is an Irish gem: utterly hilarious, a touch flirtatious and entirely empowering in her admittance of imperfection. Dotted with moments of dance, it is clear Blanc has a strong physical awareness and applies it perfectly to fit this production. The moments of audience participation are warm, unifying and connect those in the room and although for a silly moment, it’s certainly for a sincere cause.

This corker of a production is relatable, playful and will make your cheeks as pink as the products with laughter. As a side-splitting satire of the beauty dream, it’s a completely enjoyable way to laugh at the world and all the madness within it.

Reviewed on 23 May 2017

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Writer: Sarah Blanc Director: Sarah Blanc Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Wrapped in a leopard print dressing gown, with toes glistening in red nail varnish and a masked head deep in a steam machine, Sarah Blanc, as herself, puts the crazy in modern day beauty crazes in this delightfully spirited comedy. “I’m not a feminist I’m more a middle of the road man” an Irish voice crackles out of the speaker to which Blanc replies “what do you think feminism means Dad?!” Using her father’s unusual political views and a series of 'viaries' (video diaries - #vloggers!) Blanc unearths the joy in…

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