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Feminah

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Feminah is a celebration of women, an exploration of femininity, and a middle finger to the patriarchy.

Local emerging theatre maker Charlotte Otton takes you on a journey through some of the major milestones in feminist history, embellished with personal narrative, song, and sharp social commentary.

What is striking about Otton’s work is her ability to balance broader sociohistorical contexts alongside deeply personal experiences.

She uses the history of the feminist movement as a kind of map – an anchor point that allows her to share intimate stories about sex, body image, and growing up in a world that hypersexualises girls from a young age.

These are stories that echo those of many women before her and undoubtedly, many to follow.

The resonant cheers, laughs, and even tears from the audience are testament to Otton’s success in capturing what it can mean to exist as a woman today.

I found myself at several points during the show, nodding my head in complete agreeance at what was being said, or laughing hysterically at Otton’s willingness to overtly disclose some of the painfully embarrassing common female experiences.

This is the kind of show that as a woman, leaves you feeling empowered, understood, and less alone.

Aptly described as, “what happens when a woman refuses the idea of ‘having it all’ and instead, annihilates it”, Feminah is unforgettable and a must-see for this FRINGE WORLD season.

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Review by Claudia Mancini on 20 Jan 2019

Claudia Mancini is a passionate advocate for social impact within the arts. She is a producer at the Centre for Stories and co-founder of feminist collective @conversationsperth. In her spare time, she is attempting DIY projects way above her skill level, staying up past her bedtime, and tenderly watering her house plants.