Feminism For Chaps

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): Feminism For Chaps at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170). Review by Kate Copstick.

We are crammed into the tiny Studio at the Counting House. People are sitting on the floor, people are sitting on other people and the kind of body contact that is being made here usually involves at least dinner beforehand. But Andrew Watts, who has come smartly dressed as an accountant, is so engaging, so entertaining and so persuasive that we are all sad when his clever, personal and very funny hour comes to an end.

This is, as the title suggests, Feminism For Chaps. Watts very firmly tells the ladies he has “absolutely nothing for you”. Actually, he has.

He kicks off with advice for chaps about talking to women about clothes – a minefield at the best of times. But with the help of an incomprehensible (to me, but then I’m a girl) cricketing metaphor he disseminates some useful information. Watts’ wife is a chubby chasing feminist, he tells us, and they have recently had a baby.

The birth and care of said child forms a good part of this warm, likeable show. And make no bones about it, it is a feminist show. An intelligent, grown up, feminist show. With great jokes. We get feminist porn, how to show a girl a mediocre time, going to a feminist sex party and how society’s “factory settings” are restored when a woman has a child.

There is some hard hitting stuff too, about the blinkered nature of some feminist protests, about the different waves of feminism opposing each other risking the end effect of cancelling each other out.

Until 24 August. Today 6:15pm, more info

Originally published in The Scotsman

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