In Bad Taste – The Bread & Roses Theatre, London

Reviewer: Christine Stanton

Writer: Daisy Kelly

Director: Sixteen Sixty Theatre

When you hear the phrase ‘eat the rich’ people don’t generally mean it literally. But when this group of fed-up females finally run out of patience from the daily onslaught of sexism, privilege, and homophobia it’s time to fight capitalism with cannibalism.

The last straw comes when Violet (Rachel Ferguson) gets propositioned by her boss, promising a promotion in return for sexual favours. Turning #MeToo into #MeatStew she decides to murder and eat him as part of her revenge, along with the help of her very best friends, all of whom have their own targets to add to their misogyny menu. Hoping to start a suffragette-esque serial killer movement, the women decide that this is their way of taking a stand and carving a pathway to female empowerment everywhere.

This satirical horror-comedy is nothing short of bizarre. If there’s one thing to say about writer and actor Daisy Kelly, it’s that she can create an original comedic idea and take it to a surrealist level. The all-female ensemble drags the audience into their warped world with hilarious sketches, catchy lyrics and pumped up dance moves. Their energy on stage is infectious, using pop songs and choreographed dance routines to uniquely deliver their message of equality. Their brand of grisly girl power is as a weird blend of Britney crossed with Bundy, yet it somehow works.

The cast deliver their roles well, with Kelly’s characters balancing each other out to create the mentally unstable yet well-rounded girl group. Liability Mabel (Kirby Merner), laidback Jenny (Leonie Crawford), loudmouth Gemma (Daisy Kelly) and voice of reason Molly (Chloe Pidhoreckyj) band together to support Ferguson in her time of need, showing the true meaning of friendship and feminism. The slapstick humour is diluted with subtle wit and mixed in with an amalgamation of props and cutaways. The scenes depicting the news reports are particularly hilarious and really showcase the women’s talents as they morph into various background characters.

Stepping away from the farcical comedy elements, a serious message is expressed at the end of the performance about equality and empowerment, delivered succinctly with a very impressive poem. This all female troupe is a force to be reckoned with, and while you won’t actually end up on their plates, they’re still dishing up an intriguingly experimental show with a strong point of view.

Runs until 24 November 2021

The Reviews Hub Score

Grisly Girl Power

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