Hot Brown Honey
- Katharine Gemmell
- 15 August 2018
This article is from 2018
Fighting dominant power structures through a hip hop dance party
The Honey's are back with their signature brand of sweet female attitude, urging everyone to decolonise and moisturise.
The genre-defying group, who smash together dance, singing, beatboxing, circus and performance art, vigorously present a variety of high-octane segments MC'd by the fabulous Busty Beatz, played by Ofa Fotu. The format allows each member to present an important issue through one of those mediums, whether that be racism, cultural appropriation or stereotyping.
Highlights are an astounding aerial performance featuring Crystal Stacey, in which she harrowingly depicts domestic abuse. Or when the gang comes together in a musical number to make the crucial point that you should never touch a women of colour's hair, things go full-on heavy metal.
By presenting intersectional feminist issues through a hip hop dance party, Hot Brown Honey makes the bold statement that micro-aggressions women have faced for too long are no longer going to be tolerated.
The show is largely the same as the previous two years but it doesn't feel 'done'. The issues touched on, especially in the wake of the #MeToo movement, have never been so heavily in the public's consciousness. So until the patriarchy is fully smashed, it looks like the gang are going nowhere.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug (not 15, 23), 7.30pm, £15.50 (£14.50).