Hot Brown Honey – Review (Feminist Fest)

Hot Brown Honey… where to even begin?

Branded as ‘hip hop politics’, the all-female troupe are experts in comedy, spoken word, dance and cabaret. They are truly a revolution. With their seductive ways, they’ll invite you into their beehive and show you a whole new world. Preaching intersectional feminism, the Honeys will have you jumping out of your seat, chanting along and swaying to the music all in the name of social freedom.

From a jokey scene involving a care-free ‘typical Western tourist’ to a chilling 911 call from a victim of domestic violence, the performers skilfully give us a taste of their repertoire. In between the jokes and seamless choreographic dances, they drive home an important message: that inequality is rife in our society. It may range from subtle microaggressions, the ‘can I touch your hair?’ and ‘where are you really from?’, to the blatant racism in the sale of golliwogs in Australia. Our ignorance ends in violence and racial perceptions are steeped in blood.

As I’m writing this, the last hours of my being a seventeen year old are dwindling. The vestiges of my adolescence are a reminder that a different world is yet to come. The Honeys may be fun but they never fail to point out the injustices in society. A powerful political piece, Hot Brown Honey captures and retains the attention of the audience for the entirety of the show. Once it’s finished, you’ll be wanting to rewind and watch it all over again.

A clear 5 star show, the Honeys are right in saying “fighting the power never tasted so sweet”.

Ayah-Sofia reviews: Black is the Color of My Voice

Here is my #Fringe review on Black is the Colour of My Voice!

#FeministFest

Having watched the Netflix documentary, “What Happened, Nina Simone?” I thought I had some idea of what to expect from Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of My Voice. I was wrong.

The show completely surpassed my expectations. Powerful and evocative, Campbell breathed life into Mena Bordeaux, a jazz singer and activist inspired by the life of Nina Simone.

From racial discrimination in childhood to love (and its absence), from falling from grace to redemption, the audience is taken on a moving and relentless journey as Mena tries to find the meaning of self-worth and identity.

Apphia is a star when it comes to her singing – her songs left the audience in awe.

A magnificent show and a true gem, ‘Black is the Colour of My Voice’ deserves no less than a five star rating.

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Key Change: Fringe Review

I’m excited to announce that I am part of the feminist fest blogging team this summer as supported by Engender and YWCA Scotland. I’ve just finished a review on an amazing show called Key Change. Please check it out, and check out the other reviews because they’re simply wonderful! They’ll tell you all you need to know about the must-see shows in Edinburgh involving gender and equality.

Key Change is a powerful show exploring the lives of female convicts affected by gender violence and domestic abuse. Their story sounds all too familiar for the thousands of women trapped in the UK criminal justice system.

We’re given a performance that toes the line between entertainment and reality. We observe the lives of teenagers, mothers, addicts, and most importantly – women.

This theatrical piece is wonderfully written, and gives us an insight into the lives of forgotten women. Through powerful music and choreography, we’re transported to a different world full of emotional turmoil and heartbreak.

This isn’t a tale of friendship. It’s a tale of survival.

As the prisoners list all the things they miss in their former lives, one line particularly resonated with me:

“I miss being treated with respect.”

In captivity, women are denied recognition, and have their identity stripped away.

Make no mistake: this performance doesn’t end with a happily ever after. It’s raw, dark, and honest. It’s the reality for most female inmates.

One thing we know for sure is this. These women are not victims; they’re survivors.

Edinburgh Festival Guide 2013

My twelfth blog has been published and it’s on both the niche and top festivals in Edinburgh last month. (Edinburgh Festival Guide 2013), so please check it out and check out other people’s articles because it is really an amazing blog on virtually every subject out there.

It’s that time of year again when acrobats, foodies and comedians all unite to make the Edinburgh Festivals better than ever.

Any and every festival to tickle your fancy will be playing in various venues all across Edinburgh but what festivals are the best picks? From free festivals to award-winning ones, Edinburgh never fails to live up to its reputation as the second biggest tourist attraction in the United Kingdom.

FOOD FESTIVALS

Dinner is Swevered C Nova (18, 22-25 August) £14.50 – £16.50

If you happen to enjoy food followed by theatre or theatre followed by food, why not look out for Dinner is Swevered? With entertaining sketches in between courses, now there is an event that caters your every need. Edible shrubs anyone?

Oz Cabaret The Hispaniola (17-25 August) £11.00 – £13.00

Us Brits always enjoy having a little drink from time to time and dancing to a bit of Buble which makes the Oz Cabaret the perfect choice to start up the evening. With 5 delicious choices of wine to choose from followed by enjoyable songs, its hard to say no to The Hispaniola.

Only Wolves and Lions ForestCentrePlus (19-23 August) Free

Finally a free festival! Only Wolves and Lions provide smashing conversation and a warm-hearted meal for free provided you bring a raw ingredient to contribute to the group meal. It’s creative to say the least, not to mention tasty!

(ALTERNATIVE) COMEDY FESTIVALS

Jessie Cave and Jenny Bede: Ain’t too Proud to Beg Henry’s Cellar Bar (17-24 August) Free

I know, I know. Your scratching your head thinking where do I know that name? I should know, it happened to me too but eventually I figured it out after a quick Google.

Jessie Cave is best known for playing Lavender Brown in THREE Harry Potter movies.That alone is enough to send me to Henry’s Cellar Bar but then I found out that this was a free festival. Taxi!!

Foil, Arms and Hog- Late Night Irish Comedy Sketch Underbelly (17-25 August) £9.50 – £10.50

High energy performances played by a trio of Irishman spouting off stereotypical language, and yes that does mean POTATO and LEPRECHAUN! With wonderful critics, such as Tommy Tiernan (another Irish comedian) calling them “Pure Brilliant”, and a barrel of laughs wrapped in a 1 hour show, it’s not hard to see why these guys are going on my to-see list.

AAA Batteries (Not Included) Laughing Horse (17-25 August) Free

Fresh (award-winning/nominated) comedians make up this trio and, in my opinion, are the ones to watch out for. Who knows, in a couple of years time, these guys could be headlining Live at the Apollo, following the footsteps of many comedians including Michael McIntyre. Watching these guys first and for free makes popping into the Laughing Horse a no-brainer

THEATRE FESTIVALS

Can’t Buy Me Love Greenside (16-17 August) £7.00

Hmm.. Very reminiscent of 10 Things I Hate About You. The plot goes something like this: Nate wants Candice but Candice can’t date anyone until her sister Anna does but Anna is a little erm.. How do I say this? Different. Let’s go with Different. Nate still wants Candice and so, pays Dan to date Anna but uh-oh Dan starts to likes Anna despite the fact the only reason he’s dating her is for the money! Is nothing actually simple?! For people who haven’t seen 10 Things I Hate About You (great movie by the way), it is literally the same but with different character names, but.. I don’t know. I think seeing a Swiss cast live could be different. That is if they don’t play the scenes to the very letter of the original movie. Let’s call this one, one to be hesitant of…

8 Storeys Up C venues- C Aquila (17-26 August) £8.50-£10.50

Edinburgh’s theatre festival wouldn’t be the same without at least one show featuring show tunes. One reviewer stated “think Love Actually meets The Notebook”. The musical is by a twice MTM nominated Stephanie Amies. Eight (apartment) stories. Eight characters. Eight interconnected stories. I do love these type of stories! And with only £8.50 to pay, it seems like this is in the top of my to-see list.

The Fanny Hill Project Zoo (17-26 August) £6.00 – £8.00

This show is.. Intriguing to say the least. As a wicked satire on the representation of women in the media, it is an entertaining lesson to learn. It is certainly unique, so let’s hope Fanny, with the help of John, finally knows how to tell her story to the world within the 55-minute limit.

ONES TO WATCH OUT FOR (FESTIVALS)

Matt Forde: The Political Party Pleasance Dome (17-25 August) £9.00 – £10.00

I personally find Matt hilarious! Having seen him on Russell Howard’s Good News and Have I Got News For You, I think very highly of him and find him to be one of my favourite political comedians. He somehow possesses the ability to inform as well as entertain, discussing the latest happenings of the Tory party or the Lib Dems, and in fact used to be the former political advisor of the Labour Party. Expect to see more of this guy.

Sarah Pascoe Vs The Truth Assembly George Square (17-26 August) £10.00-£12.00

Having watched Sarah numerous times on Stand up for the Week and Live at the Apollo, I have gained a new favourite female comedian. In this particular show she will be going deep: does she actually exist? Is anything in life certain? Are body cells similar to the Sugababes? Sarah being a clever and funny comedian, I see a bright future for her.

Lee Nelson Assembly George Square (17-24 August) £16.00-£17.50

To quote the man himself, Lee Nelson is well qualityyyyy! Star of Lee Nelson Well Funny People and Lee Nelson Well Good Show, Lee is no stranger to audience interaction and comic spontaneity. Word of warning: be wary, very wary! While Lee may be very, very funny he does tend to go off track when speaking to girls on his show, however all his characters, including premier league football star, Jason Bent and unconventional Dr. Bob, are well above par and I would recommend everyone to watch his show.

COMEDY AWARD(S)

It’s the award everyone is waiting for, or should I say awards. Previous winners include Sarah Millican, Russell Kane and The Mighty Boosh. Nominations has also been given out to Jon Richardson, Jimmy Carr and Russell Howard. The three awards available are the best comedy show, the best newcomer and the panel prize. Winning wins you £10,000, £5,000 and £5,000 respectively, as well as the coveted award itself. I have no idea who will win as the shortlist itself will be announced only on Wednesday 21st August. Every year is a sell out so book early to avoid disappointment- you can find tickets on the Pleasance or Edinburgh Fringe website. The winners of all three awards will be announced on Saturday 24th August.

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Sorry for the long wait. Have had an extremely busy month!