Croydonites Festival 2018 review: My Feminist Boner


By - Monday 14th May, 2018

A poignant, funny take on the trials and tribulations of being a woman


Photo by Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, used with permission.

“Look at me, don’t look at me, look at me, don’t look at me.” These are the words left ringing in your ears after watching Sarah Blanc’s high-octane performance of the comedy My Feminist Boner. The play was performed to a game bunch of Croydonistas inside Matthews Yard. Where else could you get away with putting up a huge, vulva-shaped tent in the corner of the stage?

Blanc plays herself, a woman who has been on a quest all of her life to be thinner, svelter, and perkier. She buys all sorts of contraptions in her never-ending pursuit of beauty, some of which the audience members get to try out for themselves.

My Feminist Boner melds multiple scenarios, from portraying Blanc sat in a help group to playing an unsympathetic agony aunt and even holding a telephone conversation with her dad, who compares feminists to Nazis. Well, she did warn us that he was a misogynist.

The saying ‘you don’t know whether to laugh or cry’ is most apt here, so come prepared to do a bit of both. Blanc sums up the preoccupations of women everywhere with her own brand of comedy, which is forthright, honest and terribly, terribly poignant.

Rekha Shane

Rekha is a book reviewer on 52goodbooks.com. She also works part time for a professional body and the rest of the time for her two boys. When not writing her novel, Rekha can be found on the sofa binge-watching box sets with her husband.

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