A six-strong group of female singers here sets out to sing songs by male writers and/or artists. Partly this is because, in their own words, they are a feminist cabaret act telling stories about women. Partly they just like the songs. And what a selection the audience is treated to!
Opening with ‘I’m your man’ is quite the strong statement and the ladies gleefully rifle through the catalogues of Michael Jackson, Queen, The Knack and a slew of others. Some are shown up as creepy and misogynistic while some songs which are frankly filthy are here reinvented
as love songs, tongue firmly in cheek. In particular, their performance of the Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer’ has to be heard to be believed.
There is something of a narrative running through at least part of the show. The ladies’ theme isn’t harped upon but comes across: girls, it’s ok to be fat, shy, loud, queer or whatever else you are, and don’t let anyone tell you any different. Each woman here looks and sounds different and their costumes reflect their individuality. The staging is simple but the singing is the star and the voices on display here are wonderful. Also? Should your tastes run in that direction the performers are all extremely attractive women. Except the man at the piano who is, well, a man.