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Pulse Fringe Festival: Sh!T Theatre’s JSA – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writers and Performers: Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit

Reviewer: Glen Pearce


As many performers beginning to think about taking work to Edinburgh, the other side of the acting equation plays on the mind of many others – Job Seekers Allowance. Sh!T Theatre’s latest work in progress looks at the performers relationship with this current political hot potato, but also looks at the wider issues of self-image, self-esteem and meeting parental expectation.

This isn’t a too serious political examination though. Think of a long line of satirists such as Richard Stilgoe through Victoria Wood and you get the idea. Song and sketched combine to mock current political figures and events, with of course the current coalition coming in for particular venom.

Clad in newspaper covered outfits and almost grotesque clown make up, Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit make for a disconcerting couple. Through sheer energy and charm though they guide us through the minefield of unemployment, government quotas and the credit crunch. Cameron, Clegg and Coe all come in for ribbing as The Olympic budget is contrasted with the meagre Job Seekers Allowance.

It’s all gloriously non-politically correct, with songs about burkas and the deaths of prime ministerial children causing some uncomfortable laughter. As a work in progress there’s still some work to do on structure and the ending is still unfinished but it shows promising potential and, as a showcase for the performers, should ensure they don’t need to sign on too much longer.


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