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Grace Petrie: Butch Ado About Nothing (Grace Petrie)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2022

This show’s first half is a solidly chuckle-inducing, moving account of Grace Petrie’s childhood: a Princess Jasmine obsession, a home-haircut, a girlfriend’s bigoted dad. The latter half examines transphobia, via her “misgendered-in-toilets” bit (Chloe Petts and Sarah Keyworth have better-honed versions). A tale about butch transphobes heckling her music is more unique and emphasises sincere trans-inclusivity, but lacks punchlines. She ridicules Mumsnet ‘transgender lobby’ myths, yet occasionally veers near transphobic sentiment – worrying butchness is ‘over’, and grieving ‘losing’ Elliot Page. She immediately checks herself, and celebrates Elliot’s coming out, but I wonder why she includes so much potentially-sensitive trans-focused material in her debut when she (a cis musician) doesn’t have the perspective or comedic craft to do the subject justice.

Assembly George Square, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bizz Holmes]