Theatre review: Pussy
Theatre review: Pussy

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Pussy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott ★★★ “It’s not about cats,” says the blurb. That’s true, but it’s not a sex show either, much as the woman sitting behind me would like to turn it into one. “Get ‘em off,” she shouts as the five endearing female clowns fail …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Pussy, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott

★★★

“It’s not about cats,” says the blurb. That’s true, but it’s not a sex show either, much as the woman sitting behind me would like to turn it into one. “Get ‘em off,” she shouts as the five endearing female clowns fail to look at all sexy dancing to R&B music in giant pants and thermal underwear. As they attempt to claw their hair into shape and inadvertently plaster their faces in lipstick, we’re invited to laugh, rather than lust after them.

It’s not a piece that has particularly fresh insights into the well-documented subject of women’s relationship with their physical appearance and the expectation placed on half of society to look like whatever music videos, porn films or the fashion industry decides is attractive. But it is delivered in a fun, tightly choreographed and imaginative way, through the disjointed dance of child-like figures with wide sad eyes and smiling red mouths.

A loose story – of a girl trying and failing to fit in with her peers – morphs into a series of stand-alone routines, rather than a fully developed narrative, but there are some great moments of physical comedy, whether it’s the group parodying a Destiny’s Child song or getting orgasmic over a jelly sandal.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170), Until 19 August, 11:30pm / listings

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