Theatre and #MeToo: ‘There’s a new anger in women’s stories’

The Weinstein scandal has inspired several new plays ranging from sharp satire to crass comedy. As the mogul heads to trial, we gauge theatres response Katie Arnstein tells a story of a day at drama school when a tutor told her to perform her graduation show in a bra because Im a blonde with a big chest. It is one of several experiences that informed Arnsteins solo show #MeToo numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault levelled at Harvey Weinstein since 2017. (Allegations he continues to deny in the run-up to his trial in September.) I was inspired by the strength shown by people who have called out abuse in the acting industry, Arnstein says. This play is my version …

Wild oversharing comic Phoebe Robinson: ‘I do dumb things. That’s who I am!’

Is the fringe ready for the brash standup who used to get paid in nachos and chicken wings? We meet one half of 2 Dope Queens as she fills her shoes with sweat What does Phoebe Robinson want to see when she arrives at the Edinburgh fringe? Just tons of dudes smuggling their bangers and mash in their kilts. Observational comic, astute social critic, signee of a deal with ABC studios, bestselling author (2 Dope Queens (the podcast duo turned HBO stars), Robinson has a philosophy: that comedy thirsty, uninhibited, occasionally gross, with riffs on Googling David Bowies penis size after learning he has died can be a force for good. At Edinburgh, Robinson will tour her show, called Sorry, …

Lucy McCormick review caustically candid comedy about history’s famous women

McCormick rips up the rulebook with Post Popular, a hedonistic history lesson that is trashy, volatile … and honest Utterly indelicate and completely unpredictable, Post Popular is a wild ride. Lucy McCormicks ludicrous performance-lecture-cum-cabaret-cum-rage-room is built with so many layers of irony and mockery that its core would be rotten by the time you dug down to it. If only more history lessons were like this. McCormicks work stems from the live art scene, where she worked as part of the provocative duo Triple Threat, an X-rated take on the New Testament. She quickly outdoes herself in Post Popular; within minutes shes intimately licking one of her backing dancers. But far more than a gratuitous joke, this singalong search for …