Tits, Teeth and Twat at The Bread and Roses

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Written, directed and performed by the talented young duo of Mesha Maria Wright and Bethany Parker, ‘Tits, Teeth and Twat’ is a deeply personal and entertaining performance piece about body image, feminism and trying to thrive as a woman within a judgemental society. Combining music, audio soundbites of interviews, interactive audience elements and performance, this is an energetic and strangely cathartic (well for me, anyway) 50 minute show. I felt sad when it ended, as it left me wanting more. What can I say? I’m greedy.

Originally created as their degree project, there is a wonderful objectivity and wisdom to the piece, I’m not surprised that it sold out when it ran at the Brighton Fringe.  Further adapted for its Clapham Fringe run, there is still time to catch this wonderful feminist and uplifting show, as their final performance is on Sunday 13th October at 9pm. An awkward slot, to be fair, as everyone is nesting in advance of the inevitable Monday morning gloom. I think this would make a great vaccination against that Monday feeling, so if you are free next Sunday and feel like heading to the Bread and Roses in Clapham, I heartily recommend it.

The show opens with an energetic, laugh-out-loud riff on the Full Monty.  I was immediately hooked and happy to journey with these two wonderful performers as they moved into more serious and heart-felt territory. While I know that audience participation strikes the fear into the heart of many a theatre-goer, this felt like a safe space, even with the more provocative interactive pieces.  One element in particular, where I wrote on one of the performers (what I wrote about, well if you see the show you’ll understand) actually made me feel like a weight was lifted. Theatre as therapy, that should become more of a thing.

There is a real bravery to the show. After all, they are relying on us to participate and I’m not sure I’d trust an audience as much as they do! There is also a vulnerability in the honesty and openness of the central performances. For me this show has an original voice and personality, being so true to Mesha and Bethany’s own lived experiences, while also being reminiscent of the sort of powerful autobiographical performance art I’d expect to see from the likes of Bryony Kimmings. I could definitely see this show thriving somewhere like the upstairs space at the Soho Theatre.

In a nutshell (or tweet length review), Tits, Teeth and Twat is a thought-provoking, original, cathartic and big-hearted show that fearlessly tackles subjects like body image and female empowerment.

So if you are in need of a provocative yet therapeutic night of theatre, head to the Bread and Roses for their final show at 9pm on Sunday 13th October.

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