Girlpower Night, Wednesday, August 4th, Arch One

Girlpower Night, Wednesday, August 4th, Arch One

Last night was our first live in-person Girlpower show of 2021 and I think it’s fair to say we started with a bang. Girlpower Night and its all-female line-up of comedy talent has been running now for six years and is still as fresh and vibrant as its first-ever gig. This is thanks to the acts who never fail to bring A-game sets and our audiences who are always, without exception, the most wonderfully supportive crowd. The best part for us at G&B is always the acts’ faces when they leave the stage, that mix of exhilaration and belonging that makes these nights so worthwhile.

Last night’s show has the fabulous Vic Melody MCing and she did the most incredible job of keeping the evening’s joy at a beautiful fever pitch of silliness. The first act to the stage was Kate Lois Elliott, a lady whose job is walking designer dogs, dogs that are passive-aggressive, high maintenance and manipulative…and who remind her of more than one ex. It was then over to Bas Rahman with some dating tips for her sisters who struggle with excessive hair: just date guys hairier than you, especially in the knuckle department. After Bas we had Shuang Teng, who makes no bones about just how much she adores her partner’s parents…and the home they’ll one day inherit from them. It was then over to Renata Pereira, who despite the accent, love of guns, violence and cholesterol, she is not from the USA. Hot on Renata’s heels was Maya Kolaska, a lady who at the age of 5 exceeded the maximum height to get into the soft play area and who has quite literally heard every joke you can possibly think of about tall women. Yes, even the one you’re thinking of right now! Tasmin Sarkany was next with a healthy obsession with the Olympics and their historically naked achievements, which may come from a confusing approach to early history lessons. It was then over to a good convent gal, Kate Barella who if she didn’t have cream carpets throughout might have considered having kids and calling one of them Ganglion Cist Barella. Has a kinda superhero ring to it, don’t you think? The audience then strapped itself in and got the full force of the fabulous Pussy Kat Bangkok, who explained why she didn’t pay for theatre tickets and how her dresses might make good thongs for taller women. Closing the first half was the brilliant Alex Beighton. Currently showing her ex just how to be fabulous and how to satisfy women, Alex has ambitions to meet the right lady and move to a self-sustaining complex in the woods where they’ll have a trio of dogs called Deaf, Dumb and Diabetic. I think Alex is currently the definition of one-to-watch.

After the break, our first act on the stage was the musical marvel that is Amy Webber who gave us a musical rendition of her CV and the fascinating accrued skills therein. As Amy removed her musical equipment from the stage Vic kept things hearty with a quick costume change before introducing the next act, Lucy Watson. Lucy left us with a great bit of philosophical dating advice to consider – Speed dating: all dating is speed dating if you do it right. That right there is the deep wisdom you keep coming to Girlpower nights for. Annabel Edmonds was after Lucy with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Titanically awful lovelife dynamics before Maeve Boffey, Ireland’s 2010 saddest Disney Princess, explained the nature of sexual fluidity. Vodka-sexual in particular. Katie Sayer was next with the pains of an all-girls school and the deft and sensual touch of a fly. The evening’s penultimate act was the dinky dynamite that is Sarah Mills. Sarah explained, once and for all, that any guy interested in her who is over 5’ 10” is little more than a forest of nasal hair, so get clippers or don’t bother. Closing the show was the awesome Hatty Preston. Like many, Hatty had a difficult 2020/21. As a live-in nanny, she had to do the homeschooling bit…in all the subjects!!!! And much as she gladly applauded key workers on a Thursday night, Hatty can’t help feel the true unspoken heroes of lockdown were the millions of vibrators up and down the country who worked tirelessly to keep their owners sane and able to go on.

Well, that was our first Girlpower Night of 2021 and it was awesome! Thank you to everyone, acts and audience, who made this so, so much fun. Our next Girlpower at The Star of Kings is on September 5th at 4pm in our new venue, which is just a 7/8 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross station. Hopefully, see you then.