Freshworks Femme at the Old 505 is bringing some great theatre from some of the fiercest young female theatre makers, Whose Uterus is it Anyway? is no exception. The play is a dark comedy set in a game show format with an irrepressible host (Toby Blome) who gifts winners with the gynecological procedure of their choice. One hopes for an IUD, a young woman seeks HRT, still another needs an abortion. But who is having what? The show is a guessing game to match the procedures to the contestant.
A nun, a bubbly student, a working mum and a trans man will vie for points and their stories all contain brief moments of poignancy before returning to the lurid and flashy show, which turns out to be more than any of them bargained for.
A simple but ingenious set that stored props and was easily moved during flashback scenes was all that was needed in addition to lights to keep us in the zone. Toby Bome as the compère was amusing, his take on the quiz show master with his rictus-like grin ensured laughs. All of the cast gave terrific performances with some more harrowing than others, yet all the women have very different needs. A compelling new work about the politics of sexual health, Whose Uterus is it Anyway? is trippy and thoughtful all at once.
Whose Uterus is it Anyway? is on until 10 November for more information and tickets see: https://old505theatre.com/shows/freshworksfemme-1510971797.html
Director: Eve Beck
Featuring: Toby Blome, Alexandra Morgan, Finn Murphy, Chelsea Needham and Annie Stafford.