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Asking Nicely (Hannah Chutzpah / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Sunday 24 August 2014

Performance poet Hannah Chutzpah has had enough of asking nicely. She’s tired of the way women are expected to be smaller, quieter, less. She’s kicking back against that fiercely in this show, where she confidently tackles themes of feminism, body-confidence, self-care and learning when to say no. This is not just a political rant, however; it’s both humorous and humane. Her poems are performed with an infectious energy, and she uses scientific studies and quotes to back up her points. For those who were mocked at school, for those who always feel the need to ask permission, Chutzpah’s confidence and determination are inspiring: this is a gorgeous, life-affirming, empowering show. I left at least three inches taller.

Stafford Centre, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Gemma Scott]