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It’s A Motherf**king Pleasure (FlawBored)

By | Published on Tuesday 8 August 2023

Any review that rewards this show with fewer than four stars is ableist, according to disability-led FlawBored theatre’s trio of performers. Nonetheless, that 4/5 below is unquestionably warranted by this savage, merciless (and screamingly funny) satire on identity marketing, disabled rights, cancel culture and more. What if disability were transformed into a global trend, and the privileged able-bodied made to feel like they were missing out by, let’s say, being able to see? When blind influencer Ross gets sucked into the machinations of brand consultancy Rize, things ultimately plummet to a very dark place. For all its swaggering energy and righteous fury – and its endless metatheatrical asides – once FlawBored have taken their brutal conceit to its logical conclusion, the narrative nonetheless shudders to a shocked halt.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [David Kettle]