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“That’s What She Said” at Royal Albert Hall, London

A Still of Leone Ross
(Courtesy:The Royal Albert Hall)

This is feminism at its ruthless best. These are women hailed as firebrand feminists so you can expect blatant feminist truth, fiction, politics and poetry, with the most ferocious and intoxicating women writers and performers taking centre stage. “That’s What She Said” is an exclusive Edinburgh Festival Fringe warm up show to take place in the Elgar Room. This show has been shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK at the 2017 Saboteur Awards. “That’s What She Said,” is a display of the finest new writing and performance by women. It features both established and emerging authors and makes for a very interesting mix of poetry, storytelling, slam, performance and more.

Not many would be knowing the real meaning of the term ‘That’s What She Said’ and how its originated. For beginners, this is an insulting and sexist remark spoken in jest to suggest that when a person utters these words it would be identical to the words muttered by that very individual’s wife or girlfriend while having sex with the person using it. With time the phrase has become popular and it can be used as various other possible connotations. By and large the phrase is deemed to be an insult to women. But inspite of the odds the phrase has become very popular among certain circles and anyone rarely takes umbrage to it; especially people of the new generation. Having assumed that; there is no escaping the fact that ultimately the phrase is an insult to the women of our lives and families.

It definitely won’t stop until those fond or used to uttering it begin to be reminded when doing so, or else it’s possible that the phrase will likely continue getting used within our language and discussions. So, by now you know what to expect from the show and may get a hint of how strong these women performers would be. Performers will include playwright and poet Cecilia Knapp, author Leone Ross, filmmaker and writer Paula Varjack and Bernadette Russell, columnist in Balance magazine columnist who has also to her credit has worked for the National Theatre, Southbank Centre and English Heritage among many others.

Every performance has a new set of women performing that gives the audience a chance to witness varied opinions on life, womanhood and the fact that after all, women don’t always have to bear the brunt of the being objectified and typecast. They have a mind of their own and when they speak, one is forced to say in agreement-‘ That’s What She Said.’

The show is on August 9, 2018 at Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

For details, visit: www.royalalberthall.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the performers.

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