Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156)
Hi my name is Ivy and I’m your stunt reviewer for 2016. I say this because the guys were too scared to go see this, but that’s exactly why this show needs to exist. Menstruation is such a taboo subject, it’s yet another thing for women to be ashamed about, however its something we have zero choice with as it’s gonna happen to us whether we like it or not. So why is it something to be hidden away?
Adventures in Menstruating isn’t another throwaway fringe show about fannies, it’s bloody awesome for all the right reasons. Our comedian come teacher shows us where period shame comes from through the history of menstruation products and how they have been marketed over the last few decades. Why is it all so negative and what the hell is that blue stuff they always use in the commercials?
She does a fantastic job of talking about periods without hiding behind jokes. Yes we all had a good laugh throughout the show but without using comedy as something to hide behind. She uses comedy to show how stupid the stigmas around periods are and to make us realise that it’s ok to talk about it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Chella, who has recently completed her Master’s dissertation Period Positive Schools is taking back the ‘stain’ which is used to shame and embarrass mensturators and has turned it into Leak Chic. She’s teaching the next generation that it’s ok to bleed and is educating us older ones that it’s ok to be #periodpositive. You couldn’t have a better person to spread this message, she’s inclusive of trans and non binary mensturators, presents everything in an approachable way and is an all round lovely person. She combines education, science and comedy into a perfectly balanced show that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside much like her cuddly blood cells.
Her last show of the Fridge is tomorrow the 28th of August at 6:40pm in The Banshee Labyrinth. Even if you think this show isn’t for you or that you’ll be too embarrassed by it I implore you to give it a go. You might not be a mensturator or even be mensturator adjacent but this is about more than bleeding. It’s about breaking stigmas, stepping away from shame and being proud of your body regardless of what society tries to tell you.
Adventures in Menstruating is part of the Free Fringe but for the bargain price of £10 you can get your very own Stain™ necklace to wear with #periodpositive pride, I know I’ll be wearing mine!
Ivy Von Anderson