Holt & Talbot – Mansplaining Feminism: A Review

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.

Written by Christopher Moriarty.

Holt & Talbot – Mansplaining Feminism

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 2000

Part of The Free Festival

2nd – 26th August