Thursday 24 May 2012

Femmes on the Thames - review by Diva Magazine

Faye Davies from Diva Magazine came down to Femmes on the Thames on the 17th May to review the show and this is what she wrote. 

Who likes funny women? Everyone does. That's why Femmes by the Thames, a comedy evening of exclusively female performers held on Battersea Barge, is such a brilliant idea. The evening kicked off with a set from our host, lesbian geek-eccentric, Rosie Wilby, including a lovely spin on the repercussions of Darwinian theory for same-sex relationships and possibly my favorite line of the evening, as Rosie remarked that as she had a crush on a straight girl at school, perhaps the slogan should actually be 'Some people are straight. Get over it!'. Next act, Tiffany Stevenson kept the laughs coming with her girl-down-the-pub persona, immediately endearing herself to me with her explicit disdain for those who favour expressions such as 'random!', 'totes!' and 'amazeballs!'. Tiffany's down to earth delivery proved quite a juxtaposition with next act, character-comedian, Susan Harrison who took to the stage as, and I'm not kidding here, an over-privileged unicorn, an act that was both brave and completely ridiculous, but not without some nice moments.

The second half of the evening was so niche and theoretically peculiar that had I been forewarned, I suspect I'd have left. But I'd have been an idiot to, as I'd have missed three sets that were not only very funny but also highly original. Liz Bentley, in a state of cheerful derangement, offered us a mix of chat and music which encompassed not only her comedic talents but also her skills on the ukulele and keyboard. In particular, Liz deserves considerable kudos for the chorus about how shit camping is. Whilst Bentley is probably used to being the quirkiest act on any bill she plays, comparatively, the final acts of the evening made her look positively pedestrian. Whilst Holly Burn opted for an erotized reading of the Wagamama menu, Cariad Lloyd's entire set was a satirisation of the character Jess from the sitcom New Girl, of which my companion for the evening assured me that you didn't need to be familiar with to appreciate. Both were utterly bizarre and quite excellent. Lloyd in particular got my vote, not just because she was very funny but because she also looks a bit like Juliette Lewis which is always a Good Thing. All in all, nice surroundings, lovely crowd and very funny women. Well played everyone.

The next Femmes event is 4 October at the RVT with Zoe Lyons headlining.

Saturday 12 May 2012

Odd Ones Out is back - live!

Last night I joined my good friend Rachel Holmes on stage to try out our popular podcast 'Odd Ones Out' live at the Pull the Other One Cabaret in Herne Hill. To view the result click here -> YouTube Link

The podcast is free and available on iTunes if you search or click here where you can hear all about our ramblings. 


Tuesday 8 May 2012

Femmes ON the Thames is back!

My all female performance showcase Femmes by the Thames is back on May 17th as Femmes on the Thames.

The showcase has been running every few months for the past two years at Royal Vauxhall Tavern to rave reviews and rapt audiences with guest acts including Pippa Evans, Lady Carol, Sarah Louise Young and Mae Martin gracing the stage. However, the story actually all started back in 2007 with a short monthly run on Battersea Barge as Femmes on the Thames and, for one very special night only, the Femmes are returning to their original home as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival.

On the 17th May, we have:

Tiffany Stevenson 
Fresh from ITV's Show Me The Funny, actress and stand up comedian Tiffany entertains with her deadpan humour.
'Had me and the rest of the audience in stitches' What's On Stage

Cariad Lloyd
Fosters Newcomer Nominee presents her bizarre and deluded characters, from Andrew the 7-year-old stand up to Cockney Sam and his murderous songs of woe
‘Breathtaking’ ***** The Skinny; ‘Sharp, witty and fiercely intellligent’ **** Fest

Liz Bentley
South London’s quirkiest and most wondrous musical comedy poet
‘Truly the most indefinable act I’ve ever seen. I wouldn't want to have missed it’ Three Weeks

Holly Burn
Bonkers but brilliant character comedy
‘surreal, hilarious fun’ **** Broadway Baby; ‘sublime’ London Is Funny

Susan Harrison
Wandsworth based character act,  winner of a Three Week’s Editors Choice Award 2010
‘Excellent’ The Daily Telegraph

Mary Leay
Acoustic singer songwriter featured on the soundtrack to the new David Tennant film
‘Exquisite, memorable songs with the voice of an angel’ Get Rhythm magazine

For more information visit our fabulous Femmes by the Thames website.