Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Womanz: Jou’re Welcome, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
Bursting out of a glittering jewelled bodice with a megawatt smile and huge backcombed hair, here is a woman who is not afraid to shake, jiggle and roar.
Hamming up her Greek accent, Aussie performer Tessa Waters becomes every woman, sharing her body, her secret thoughts and her abundant love with the audience. She celebrates all the things her female body can do – dancing and masturbating, plus crying in the shower.
All of her slightly rubbish dance moves, dodgy gymnastics and bits of life advice end with a gigantic flourish, a huge grin and a cheeky “Jou’re Welcome”.
The audience participation section went on a little too long for my liking – but going too far is, fundamentally, Waters’ thing. She charms, dazzles and flirts, pulling the audience into her ridiculously over-the-top universe and inviting them to worship and adore her. She’s a goddess. We are all goddesses. And there is no need to feel ashamed of your body, your sexuality or your emotions.
It’s a show that leaves a great big smile on your face. And everyone gets a dazzling thank you and a great big kiss on the cheek at the end.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 21 August 2015
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