News: Bridget Christie London Run Set To Run & Run

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Feminist funny woman Bridget Christie has added more dates to her Soho Theatre residency which now returns from March 11 - 19, making it the biggest selling comedy show at the Soho Theatre ever. Tickets are on sale now here.  I saw the show on the very first day of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August and it didn't take an expert man to see straight away that it was going to take something special to beat it. Sure enough, three weeks later Christie won the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award. This review below first ran in the London Evening Standard.

 

Bridget Christie has previously performed in Edinburgh dressed as Charles II and as a donkey. This year she has dispensed with costumes and opted for a "this is me" approach, coming out as a passionate, playful feminist. The result is a sincere but never sanctimonious show about her anger at everyday sexism that is both sublimely deft and winningly daft.

A Bic for Her was inspired by news of the biro company producing lady-friendly pens. Christie was furious. Had the Bronte sisters been bad novelists because their quills kept slipping through their fingers? A clownish mime of a woman struggling to write adds physical comedy to the verbal flourishes. A subtitle could have been Feminism Can Be Fun.

Christie does extravagant outrage particularly well, huffing and puffing at prejudice. In one story she hints at the karma of veteran racing driver Stirling Moss falling down a lift shaft after suggesting women were not cut out for high-speed motoring. Like her husband Stewart Lee, she pushes facts through an absurdist mincer, extracting every possible giggle.

Despite echoes of Lee, Christie is a distinctive voice. She has clearly worked hard on her monologue’s structure. If a discussion about Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, initially feels earnest, stick around. Even here there is a priceless punchline.

This is not for everyone. John Inverdale might fail to see the funny side of the tennis ball-based punishment she would like served up to him for his remarks about Marion Bartoli at Wimbledon. But apart from sports commentators, ex-racing drivers and pen manufacturers everybody else should love this show about biros underlined by comic brio.

 

 

 

 

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