Review: Roisin Crowley Linton - Teenage Kicks at Underbelly Cowgate

Roisin Crowley Linton presents a nostalgic hour of poetry, comedy and burlesque about being a teenage girl in this funny and touching show. It must be said that Linton is immediately likeable onstage; she’s an unapologetic, warm, honest and clearly loves the teenage girls that she works with at a youth club in Bristol.

It is her own experiences, and those of girls that she works with, that form the basis for the show’s material. Linton intersperses casual anecdotes and audience chit-chat with beautifully delivered poetry – some brash, some sad, and some angry – song and burlesque. The show is a hilarious celebration of the strength of teenage girls and criticism of the ways in which teenage girls are belittled and taken advantage of in society, schools, and family circles.

She rallies against the sexualisation of young girls both in funny poems about waking up and suddenly having boobs (!) but also in more personal and touching segments about her own adolescence. Linton encouraged me to reflect back on my teenage years and encouraged the audience to really examine the way that society at large treats young girls. By the end of the show, Linton’s message of self-love and appreciation filled the room with a delightfully warm energy. I left the show with a smile on my face, feeling empowered and most definitely not alone. A show that women (and men!) should not miss.

Teenage Kicks, Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug, 4.20pm

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