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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Hookers Do It Standing Up – The International Bar, Dublin

Writer: Kate McGrew

Director: Kate McGrew

Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy

Hookers Do It Standing Up is a self-proclaimed ‘stand-up hip-hop mash up’, but Lady Grew’s blend of comedy, music, performance, and activism is actually much more than that. This funny, but exposing, performance pushes the audience out of its comfort zone while also providing an entertaining evening of truly ‘fringy’ performance.

McGrew shares her experiences as a sex worker in Ireland through an energetic blend of music and comedy, interweaving her own politics on sex-work into the songs. There are times where it feels that McGrew’s comedy is not quite landing with the audience, but this is over-written by the palpable enthusiasm for her songs.

Influences of Azelia Banks can be heard in songs such as Bass Bully and Pull the Fuck Out but McGrew’s own style is more notable in Sixes and Solicit where McGrew parses her own experience with sex work and sex work activism.

The stage is set with all the recognisable tropes of a stand-up show, complete with a red brick wall. The intimate venue is a good choice for the show.

There are moments where the show feels overstretched but McGrew’s endearing personality, stage presence, and in this reviewer’s opinion spot on feminist politics, makes up for these moments of dissonance to provide the audience with an entertaining, yet thought-provoking evening of entertainment.

Runs until 21 September 2018 | Image: Contributed

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