Bits'n'Bobs present their debut show What The Feminist, which is (as the name suggests) a feminist sketch show full of poignant comedy and youthful energy. Reminiscent of Cabaret, the film from 1972, this lighthearted comedy with an unhidden political agenda, explores the comedic side of mainstream feminism. It is sprinkled with cleverly written musical numbers that give a heightened sense to the message. The show is very fun and yet one could not help but feel like the actors weren't enjoying the show until halfway through. The opening number felt timid and audience interaction shy and awkward. What this production sorely needs is simply more confidence because it is cleverly written and acted out with near-perfect comic timing.
There is some inconsistency sound-wise, with the electrical keyboard being paired with naked voices. Either the vocals need amplification or they need to go without the underscore completely and perform a Capella. That being said, the musical numbers shine as the true star of the show. Varying from pop music to rap battles, flawlessly performed might I add, all the way to a classical four-part harmony choral number, the music, and the hilarious lyrics cause waves of delight. I hope they release the album.
The show stars some impressive choreography that makes good use of the space but the basement in Katzenjammers is a perfect venue for a show like this as it sets the mood and adds to the intimate cabaret feel. What The Feminist is a thoroughly enjoyable show, but it needs a little fine-tuning.
Written by @lattelepjandi