www.facebook.com

Review: Women Who Wank @ The Edinburgh Fringe

This review was originally written for EdFringeReview.com

Performed in a nondescript basement bar beneath a nondescript city restaurant, Women Who Wank is a one-woman improvised show in which Joanne Tremarco displays genuine wit and intelligence, in addition to the rare ability to put a participating audience at ease without sacrificing the edginess of her material.

All preconceptions of theatrical boundaries must be foregone, as Tremarco spends the majority of the show flitting between the rows, sitting next to and chatting with audience members, even at one point massaging their feet. Refreshingly, this is done entirely devoid of cheap modernist techniques and after an initial period of uneasiness, the engaging nature of Tremarco’s performance, particularly her razor-sharp wit, alleviates any lingering discomfort.

With laudable effort, Tremarco remains in character for the duration, even when faced with particularly challenging moments of audience interaction. She embodies a hunch-shouldered, hand-wringing female in a performance energetic to the point of erraticism. She is brilliantly physically dynamic throughout, both facially and corporeally, creating a captivating magnetism that holds those watching rapt. Somewhat unexpectedly, for all the bizarre nuances of her performance she manages to endear herself to the audience through the fundamental humanity of her character.

Primarily, this is a show about sex. Throughout, Tremarco repeatedly draws the focus of the piece back to the male and female sexual organs, frequently impersonating both with surprising veracity. She asks the audience about their own sexual experiences without hesitation, and it is testament to her intuitive sensitivity that such questions soon lose their intimidatory stigma whilst retaining the essential humour of their imagined impropriety.

Carnal appetite and the stifling of it, sexual conflict and the sheer absurdity of it, and society’s shameful inability to talk openly about such matters are all common themes of her material, and she addresses them with stimulating originality.

Although a large proportion of her show is undoubtedly improvised from her discussion with audience members, one feels that several routines are, if not rehearsed, then at least prepared beforehand. An extended impersonation of Mary Magdelen teaching sex education to teenagers is particularly memorable, as are many of her more thought-provoking questions about the audience’s sexual activities and proclivities.

Women Who Wank is a genuinely remarkable piece of theatre, both for its thought-provoking content and for the originality with which said content is presented. Tremarco is utterly captivating.

5/5

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s