Review: Cat Hepburn #Girlhood at Gilded Balloon

#Girlhood is staged within a pink hue, surrounded by a distinct Millenial buzz from the audience. Cat Hepburn opens with the words ‘Girlhood is interesting. Let me show you’, as she looks her audience deep in the eyes as if to say; we have all experienced girlhood at one point in our lives. What follows is brilliant, seamlessly adapted spoken word performance from a poetry book by the same name, written by the Sonnet Youth co-founder.

A rite of passage of Spice Girls, girl trips, beauty standards, awkward teenage fumbling, slut-shaming and the odd #MeToo moment for good measure ensues. From the lows of angst inflicted by society; being told to smile and how to look/not look, behave/not to behave both for women and men; to the highs of social and personal connectivity, a sisterhood one feels with friends who have been there, through thick and thin; the ones who know how you take your tea and give you penis-shaped cacti.

The engaging, and often immersive flow of the story is intelligently punctuated by noughties hits, the audience longing to jump up and dance along. The poetry feels fresh and relevant, but most of all fun, like a catchy pop song you might have played in your girlhood bedroom room to ceaselessly sing along to.

Cat Hepburn #Girlhood, Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre Attic, until 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 4.45pm

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