Review of A Tit Show (It’s a show about tits!) by Mojo Company @EtceteraTheatre @CamdenFringe

By Carmel Shortall

Inspired by Laura Dodsworth’s Bare Reality exhibition, a series of 100 images of women’s breasts – real ones – devoid of sexual content, Mojo Company have created a timely and topical show that seeks to “reclaim our tits.”

Front of stage are a series of framed photos of women famous for their breasts whether real or plastic – from Marilyn Monroe to Katie Price – the sublime to the ridiculous!

Two women stand or sit at the back of the stage in their bras – albeit one is a pointy ‘Madonna-style’ bra and therefore ironic. One woman steps forward to announce “This is a tit show: it’s a show about tits … breasts … boobs … melons … knockers …” The euphemisms for breasts get more and more bizarre. The women turn round and round, removing and replacing their bras, all the while intoning “this is a tit show about tits … balloons…” It’s relentless – as relentless as the endless sexual commodification of breasts in our daily lives.

For the most part, performing either bare-breasted, smeared with paint and glitter or wearing t-shirts with holes cut for their tits to peak out, Moa Johansson and Laura Graham Anderson gamely read descriptions of breasts from literature, quotes from men of the ‘show us yer tits’ variety and ‘expert’ male opinions on what constitutes the perfect breast.

Wearing a push-up bra, one woman positions her boobs behind an empty picture frame held out by the other, as she recites – deadpan – a list of products that breasts are used to sell. It’s the cleverest – and funniest – section of a show that has a serious intent but doesn’t take itself too seriously. These tits wear tiaras, party hats and disco balls; they dance, they tell lies and they’re out for a good time – but on their own terms!A Tit Show

It’s possible that some audience members might come to lech but – who knows – they might learn something from the sight of a woman trying to touch her own bum with her boob for fun. That might sound silly – and it is – but we live in a world where nipples are banned from Facebook if there are two of them on show and they are not involved in pornographic activity (it’s true!) and that is even sillier. (Images of breastfeeding and mastectomies – with only one nipple showing – were forbidden until recently on Facebook, but pornography abounds).

Mira Vladimirova kept things swinging, providing technical support for the show.

A Tit Show runs at The Etcetera Theatre till the 19th of August at 4pm. Tickets are £10.

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