Pomme is French for Apple (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

4Pomme is French for Apple

A funny and insightful series of Caribbean vagina monologues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Pomme may be French for apple, but in Jamaican slang Pum Pum means something entirely different. Striving to be a universal comment about women’s lives through culture rather than anything specifically feminist, this two-hander explores the trials and tribulations of women’s lives through personal vignettes and their Pum Pums.

The most successful of these are the collection of West Indian voices that bring the little problems to life: from a hilarious barroom tale about a lover’s failure to engage to a well timed riff on rucked up panties and uncomfortable jeans. Sometimes the anecdotes can be overlong and the subject matter will not be for everyone. Nevertheless, the comedy is well timed during the dialogues and the segues elegantly into the (at times lunatic, but nevertheless well worked out) vaginal points of view.

Using pink scarves to physically present the trials and tribulations of the Pum Pum could have veered into weak puppetry but, fortunately, the caricatures that emerge give additional energy to the stories. Refreshingly, the play does not preach but rather paints a joyous portrait of twentieth century woman that refuses to takes itself too seriously.

Underbelly, 08445 458252, until 24 August (not 13), £10 (£9).

Pomme is French for Apple

  • 4 stars

Paul Watson Productions Pum (n): West Indian for a woman’s private parts. Pomme (sounds like…) features a dizzying cast of characters from diverse locales like Jamaica, London, Toronto, and the too tight crotch of the pants. This charming duo takes a fresh, irreverent look at womanhood in all its glory: its perils, its…