Ad Libido (2 stars)

This article is from 2018

Ad Libido

Musical comedy about not making love

Female sexual dysfunction, according to statistics, affects 43% of the female population. Performer and writer Fran Bushe's larky, sparky show aims to provide insight into this condition, while making people laugh.

She's a likeable enough presence, in her glittery top and dungarees, skewering everything from male swagger to sex camps (she attended one, and mines a lot of humour from its slightly cult tenets) but underneath, her intention is a serious one: how do we understand our bodies, and why do sexual health lessons in school focus primarily on reproduction, avoiding discussing pleasure and consent?

So it's a commendable enough project, but is hampered by the wacky songs and her puppyish persona. Bushe seems inspired by the likes of Bryony Kimmings and Sh!t Theatre, but rather lacks their edge or invention. For a show about trying to find the G-spot, it never really penetrates.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug (not 21), 3.30 pm, £9.50 (£8.50).

Ad Libido

Fran Bushe presents a comedic musical quest in pursuit of a normal sex life.