Beach Body Ready (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Beach Body Ready

credit: Tom Arran

Uplifting celebration of sexy bums and cellulite tums

Beach Body Ready explores the pertinent issue of self-image with enough energy and rigour to send any body-shaming individual running. Through a mixture of frank discussion, angsty choreography and music video-style film clips, Rachael, Josie and Sarah bare all, emotionally and physically, in this stunning piece of theatre.

The girls begin by declaring that this is about them, preparing the audience for the fact that things are going to get personal. What follows is a perfectly pitched selection of individual experiences which range from painfully funny to brutally awkward and sad. The trio are all fantastic performers, guiding the audience through their emotional journeys with ease (and the help of the odd biscuit break and boogie to Lizzo).

The dialogue is relaxed but poignant, offering audience involvement without being too pushy. The discussion is opened up to audience experience, so that the autobiographical elements never become self-indulgent. The rip-roaring performance of the cast, however, is interrupted with the use of video, and these short film clips never pack as much of an emotional punch as the girls own voices and intimate moments of self-reflection.

While the show jumps on a clear bandwagon of current feminist thought, it does so with such clear intention that it never feels clichéd. Beach Body Ready successfully evokes a sense of hope through its commitment to celebrating women's curves and crevices with unequivocal pride and unapologetic candour.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 12), 1.10pm, £10 (£9).

Beach Body Ready

  • 4 stars

Defiantly feel good show that sticks two fingers up to the media’s idea of how you should look It’s August, the season of cutting carbs, hitting it hard at the gym and shaving everything from the chin down. Summer has rocked up and coerced us all into thinking about how awful our bodies are. We’ve been shamed, dehumanised…