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Review: Wild Bore

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Wild Bore is a new theatre production by three comedians, Zoe Coombs Marr, 
Ursula Martinez
 and Adrienne Truscott. It is a meta theatrical production where the three performers analyse and deconstruct theatre criticisms, drawing material from real reviews they have received and other brutal reviews of other theatre productions. A lot of the themes of the show revolve around their experience of being ‘female comedians/theatre artists’ and the sexism and misunderstandings and backlash they receive. It’s very farcical and crass and is delivered in a very satirical tone.

It opens with the three performers bums at a long table reading reviews of the show performing as theatre critics, this image is repeated through the whole show. Then there is an ‘interval’ and the curtains part and there’s a giant long table and the performers are wearing bum hat mask sort of things and continue with the critiquing of theatre critics, it then gets a bit surreal and there’s a big scene where they are all eating food and it’s really wacky and bizarre. There is then a series of very short vignettes exploring the same themes as pervious. It ends with a monologue by a third performer Krishna Itsha, they are a trans person of colour and their monologue is about their feelings about Wild Bore. Then there is a choreographed dance scene where all four performers dance naked.

I overall had a pretty good time, I do feel like I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t reviewing it, I felt pretty anxious a lot of the time but still was having a ball. I was so ready to tear apart the cisexism/white privilege in my review and then Krishna came out and put a lot of my thoughts about that in the show and I was like dang, they got me.

All the performers were great, and really fun to watch, I just love watching Zoe Coombs Marr on stage, she’s just got such a great thing going on, I want to see more and more from her, I don’t know what else to say, she’s just really great.

Krishna’s monologue was one of my favourite parts of the show, it was very powerful and felt like the most important part of the show, what a champ!

Go see this show if you want to have a good time, don’t go to review it, it’s too hard! God knows why I signed up to review a show about theatre critics, what a silly move.

 

Written by Finley Fletcher

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