Tiff Stevenson: Mad Man (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Tiff Stevenson: Mad Man

A disjointed but highly confident set about some huge topics

It's not in Tiff Stevenson's nature to do things by halves, so she's decided to tackle the big four all in one show. Sexism, racism, sexuality and body image are jammed into Mad Man in order to try and understand exactly what makes a person.

'If it's your first time seeing me you're so lucky,' she says. 'I remember the first time I saw me. I was amazing.' Confidence is her strong point and when she does self-deprecation the humour isn't lost in wallowing.

On sexism and body image she's spot on. As a self-assured woman in her 30s, Stevenson knows she intimidates men, but she doesn't ever censor herself or stray from addressing sensitive subjects. So, a long diatribe about her 'vagina house' proves that she doesn't care about dealing in gross-out material.

Her decision to tackle racism is a bit 'guns are bad' earnest. As someone who is (clearly) not a black American man, it's never clear why she chooses to cover their experiences, making this segment at odds with the rest of the show given that she talks so smartly on topics she has dealt with first-hand. Going down so many different avenues means the hour is slightly disjointed, but her intelligent call-backs and continuing threads keep everything together nicely enough.

The Stand 6, 558 7272, until 29 Aug (not 17), 4.05pm, £10 (£8).

Tiff Stevenson: Mad Man

Self-assured and self-deprecating deliberations about the thorny issues of body image, racism, sexism and sexuality in a modern world ruled by conformity.