WOMANz (2 stars)

This article is from 2014


Tessa Waters' Edinburgh Festival Fringe show about abandoning your inhibitions fails to hit the mark

Tessa Waters’ enthusiastic character ‘Woman’ grins her way delightedly through a series of pseudo sexy dances in this awkward show that celebrates abandoning your inhibitions. The music is well chosen to showcase her unique wriggling style and although a lot of her dancing is just hair flouncing and flesh grabbing it is impressive to see someone’s entire back twerk. The delightfully surreal voice-over detailing an alternative creation story between a rock and a lusty star is a strong opening but some routines appear unfinished; at one point Waters dons a glittery Viking costume to the sounds of ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ simply to take it straight back off. As a performer she’s skilled at reading a room and a more excitable response to her massive gold breasts might have led to a complete piece. Audience interaction includes everyone grabbing their crotch and declaring ‘I love you’ as well as learning the amusing methods she uses to create her flamboyant dance moves. After a self-conscious start her ‘screw it, lets dance’ attitude does start to work its magic on the audience and her closing statements of living in the moment end a disjointed show on a positive note but not a hilarious one.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug (not 12), £6.


  • 2 stars

Tessa Waters A feisty physical comedy by the formidable Tessa Waters (Top 10 Next Big Things in Comedy, Sydney Morning Herald). Come party with WOMANz as she dances you through her world of wobbly, femmy, sexy, lovey, arty, grindy good bits. From the creator of the 2012 Edinburgh hit Sexytime! ‘Roars of side-aching…