The Riot Showgrrrls Club
As I clutched my complementary wine and labia cake, I wondered how this was going to work; showgirls singing songs about feminism? Surely not? But this unusual piece of campaigning by radical feminists Kate Kerrow and Rebecca Mordan (aka Madame Magdalene and Mistress Lilith) pretty much pulled it off. 'Moulin Rouge' met Angela Carter as the pair mixed cheeky cabaret and electropop songs with a serious examination of the abuse and degradation behind the porn and lad mag industries, probing their subject matter with sincerity, and a willingness to consider other perspectives. It was hard to fully relax into enjoying their silky voices with such hard hitting messages behind them, but overall, like the wine, it went down well.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 30 Jul - 25 Aug, 10.15pm (11.15pm), prices vary, fpp 177
tw rating: 3/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival