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HOLT AND TALBOT: MANSPLAINING FEMINISM

Comedy

Venue:The City Café, 19 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 220 0125
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Las Vegas
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 20:00 (60 min)
 
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Still talking to each other after last year's Edinburgh success with Holt and Talbot Can’t Stand The Sight Of Each Other, no one is more surprised than them. Rosie Holt is unable to grasp some of the concepts of feminism but over the course of an hour, through bickering, sketches and an audacious bit of mansplaining, Christian attempts to set her straight. 'Refreshing and very funny' (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Aroused my interest from the get-go' (FringeGuru.com).


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August 23, 2018  Bunbury Magazine
Talbot is a great feminist. From the very start of the show, to the vox pops from well-known faces that are dotted throughout this hour of sharply-written sketch comedy, this is never in doubt. However, both his and the audience’s beliefs and expectations are challenged by well-observed and daring sketches that seek to both exaggerate and the flip the stereotypes of conventional relationships between male and female partnerships.

One very strong narrative that runs through this show is that Rosie Holt just wants a compliment on her physical appearance – one compliment in particular. Both simmering beneath this show and in full plain view are many important lessons that everybody needs to learn – about judging people on physical appearances, about how to fundamentally act around other people, about treating each other with respect. All of these lessons are presented by two performers whose energy, chemistry and passion radiates from the stage.

The sketches themselves are perfectly written and timed, ranging from a beautiful parody of periods, original sin in the garden of Eden to how social media can draw out and blow up the smallest of disagreements.

There is no doubt that this is a very important show, absolutely on point with the long-overdue movements sweeping society today. Holt and Talbot bring all of this to their show with amazing craft, wisdom and intelligence. Click Here

August 23, 2018  Chortle
3.5*

Wake up! It's 2018, where every other comedian is discussing feminism and political correctness Rosie Holt and Christian Talbot provide some kind of escapism with imaginative sketches parodying the issues.

Fast-paced, fun and light-hearted, Mansplaining Feminism looks at the likes of internet dating, right-wing grandparents, catcalling, the use of social media to expose foibles and a woman's physical features through a range of well thought-out, tongue-in-cheek, closely observed sketches.

Taking to the stage in a ‘This Is What A Feminist Looks At…’ T-shirt, Talbot overly hospitable to the women in the audience, making sure we’ve all got tampons and the like. Videos covering changes feature fellow comics telling him: ‘You’re a great feminist’, with varying degrees of funny but always paying tongue-in-cheek tribute to just how woke he is.

It’s part of the ironic role-reversal that’s shot through the show, with Holt sitting down at one point to accept ‘It’s my turn to listen’. And when she grasped the concept of feminism once it had been ‘mansplained’, she had to apologise for herself

The pair offer a lovely contrast of comic talents and play off each other very well. Talbot is the more shy and understated, projecting a sense of insecurity, while Holt is the more committed performer: charismatic, flirty, confident, silly and offering great characterisation and an occasionally boisterous energy which really drives the show.

Deep into the performance, she accidentally skips a few lines in a parody about the ‘positive strong female TV character’ Detective McBoob, but she still is able to seamlessly carry on, making fun of herself in the true spirit of improv, which the audience loves.

The pair flit between irreverent sketches – I loved the Medusa-like character struggling to get her man to look at her – and dialogue as exaggerated versions of themselves; and they’re constantly playing on words. Bottom line, they’re super entertaining.

The crowd in this packed sweaty room concur, having as much fun as the performers clearly are. This is the one time when ‘mansplaining’ is not only permitted, but pleasurable. Click Here

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