Edinburgh Fringe Review – Bridget Christie: An Ungrateful Woman

The internet is a weird place. Quite often, in any article about feminism or violence against women, the comments section will suddenly explode with cascades of foaming, angry people. Angry people who deny that there is a need for contemporary feminism, that #notallmen are violent and spiteful towards women. These angry commenters are often so angry about the situation that they actively encourage threats and violence towards women. Even such enlightened modernists as gamers and comics nerds feel the need to target and bully any woman who dares to suggest that women are sometimes targeted and bullied online. Funny, that.

Bridget Christie’s 2013 show, A Bic For Her, won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy award. She jokes that she was hoping the show would be so unsuccessful that she would have to give up comedy and live off her husband. Now, against her will, she has to do it all again. Christie has a masterful way of talking about important issues, while also weaving layers of comic irony around them. Basically, she manages to be brilliantly funny while talking about heartbreaking things. It’s a tricky balance, but she accomplishes it wonderfully.

She has a lot to get through in her Edinburgh hour; she talks about female genital mutilation as well as everyday sexism in adverts, but also covers her own surreal appearance on ITV1 show Celebrity Squares, and her experiences auditioning for a yoghurt ad. It’s a clever structure and helps to keep things light, considering how the some of the content can feel a bit ‘heavy’ for a lunchtime Fringe audience. At times it can feel a tad rushed, but when the content is so good it doesn’t matter. Even though feminism was the big buzz-word of last year’s festival, that doesn’t mean these issues have gone away. Christie is adept at raising these issues while being rousingly funny. A remarkable achievement.

*****

 

Stuart Addison

 

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