As the low drumming filled the tent and three hooded figures slowly and methodically took to the stage, you could have been forgiven for thinking you were about to be inducted into a cult.
Luckily, it soon became clear that no ritualistic sacrifices were to occur as three fierce and talented women emerged from the cloaks, dressed head to toe in stunning sequinned jumpsuits – complete with some unique, almost anatomically correct shoulder detail. Hiding behind the hoods were Tessa Waters, Rowena Hutson and Victoria Falconer-Pritchard, collectively known as the Fringe Wives Club but individually known for their standout performances over many years at Fringe festivals around the world.
With their talents combined, these sassy performers captured the audience for an hour of electric, energetic songs, dances, quizzes and more, all with a particular focus on feminism, power and the female anatomy. Introducing the show with a fast paced tune, re-imagining Gloria Estefan’s ‘Conga’ and announcing that they were there to “kick the ass of the patriarchy”, a clear tone was set from the get go.
As the show progressed, each brilliant performer had their chance to shine, bringing their unique talent to the floor.
Tessa Waters thrived in the role of a smarmy quiz host (for one of the most educational and useful quiz shows you’ll ever be a part of), Victoria Falconer-Pritchard brought the beat to the group with her fabulous improvised musical commentary, and finally Rowena Hutson stole the show with her powerful and engaging storytelling talents.
The show tackled some pretty important issues in a light yet non-dismissive manner, allowing the crowd to laugh, dance and think all at once.
High energy was a constant throughout the hour, yet as things came to a close the mood suddenly changed and a heaviness was cast over the audience. This could have been incredibly jarring, however the mood that these performers had worked hard to achieve allowed for this transition to occur perfectly.
While there were a few rough edges that needed polishing (forgotten lyrics and missed cues) there was plenty to love – the hour seemed to slip away too quickly and the audience were certainly keen to spend more time with this talented trio.