Tessa Waters' Edinburgh Festival Fringe show about abandoning your inhibitions fails to hit the mark
This article is from 2014.
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.
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