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The Incredible Adventures of Clown Slut – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer and performer: Joanna Griffin

Director: Lauren Bracewell

Reviewer: Jenni Rymer

[rating:5]

clownslutThe Incredible Adventures of Clown Slut is a one woman show produced by Local Girl Productions, a company who endeavour to share extraordinary theatre that is inspired, created, and performed for ordinary humans.

Although the title may suggest it this theatrical marvel does not tell the story of a horny clown, but in fact one of a woman on a mission to spread the word of feminism through extreme dance moves via the kebab shop.

Through a composition of true life and fiction our protagonist Joanna Griffin aka ‘Clown Slut’ takes the audience on a journey of a normal girl from the year seven school disco, to be foxy as an actual fox at university, to the point in your mid-late twenties where excitement comes in the form of offers on toilet rolls.

The rollercoaster ride of emotions that we all experience throughout the course of our lives is portrayed via some outstanding comedy that tickles you to the extent it does as Joanna touches on things we can all relate to, be it your first bikini wax, or being the guy who got stuck having to drink the extra dirty pint in fear of being ridiculed by his team mates.

This feeling of being able to relate to the content of this production is enhanced by the intelligent manner in which the characters mentioned and portrayed are not given names seemingly because they are not simply the supporting cast of clown sluts (Joanna Griffin) life but for all of us. By not giving any of the characters names the audience can pick who in their own lives represents each personality mentioned. This is a fantastic use of characterisation and enhances the comedic value of this brilliant piece of theatre.

It is not only the amazing script that brings joy to your heart as you watch this production but the comedic talent of Joanna Griffins which not only has you laughing out loud throughout, but also inspires you as she uses humour as a tool to make you think about the message of feminism she is giving. The light hearted manner in which the moral of this story is conveyed stops it from being all encompassing and preaching but instead makes you sit up, listen, and think about what is being said on your own terms, in relation to your own life.

If Local Girl Productions’ aim was to show its audiences that feminism isn’t all burning bras and hairy ladies, but instead that the fight for men and women to feel liberated to make their own choices independent of what sex they are, while making us laugh A LOT then congratulations ladies, you most certainly succeeded. Awonderful production that is recommended to anyone.

Runs until 1st July

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    terence Kelly

    Not someone generally sympathetic to feminists’ aims but won over by the humour and acting of the writer and performer.