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I’m OKayfabe (Fake Heat)

By | Published on Tuesday 13 August 2019

Ignore the terrible title (apparently ‘kayfabe’ is a wrestling term) – this is a gem. It’s about wrestling, to an extent, but also about women and what forms society permits them to take. Joey Timmins and Janina Smith star as our wrestlers, embodying a host of female stereotypes such as the Paltrow-esque, smoothie-chugging ‘Nutribullet’ or the lager-swilling party animal ‘Trainwreck’. Or Meryl Streep. It gives you the best of both worlds – the wrestling itself is raucous, athletic fun that’ll get even the mildest spectator cheering for blood, while the post-bout dissection of the wrestlers’ personas are involving, thoughtful and participatory. With match commentary provided by Joey Page and a rotating bill of guest comedians, this is a rowdy, rambunctious, late-night slobberknocker. 

Just The Tonic at The Charteris Centre, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]