Stonewall Fundraiser: Girls' Night Out

Laughter, in the name of equality

Venue: Bloomsbury Theatre
Tickets: £25

It's a rare scenario whereby a large theatre audience is ostensibly, notably made up almost entirely of women - and gay women at that. What a turn out for the second Girls' Night Out - raising the profile not only of female comedians, but also in aid of a fantastic cause - Stonewall.

Expertly hosted by a well behaved Jen Brister, the utmost pro MC, who guided us through the most amazing line up of all female comedy, all waiving their fees for the night (whom, we were told by opening speaker Stonewall Deputy Chief Executive Laura Doughty, Jen helped to draw in).

And what a high calibre line up we were treated to. A mixture of lesbian and lesbo-friendly comedians, all personifying women power. 

Kathryn Ryan opened the line up, and chatted, danced, face-pulled her way through a recreation of the ultimate beautiful powerful black woman's performance as Beyonce at the Superbowl (and in the bank queue and at the supermarket).

Suzi Ruffell took us on a hilarious tour through a break up experience with her girlfriend (with the gift of hindsight), living life as a lesbian in a house share in East London (that's full time lesbian, right?) and whether £106 and a hangover buys you a branch of Wetherspoons?

Rosie Wilby, hot-pants-clad, hot stuff, brilliantly courted us (and Jen Brister) through a slice of lesbo-life.

The first act ended with Derek star Kerry Godliman and the dramas of becoming a washing machine review reader in this modern world. 

Act 2 opened with Francesca Martinez, redefining normal (by how many times we poo a day) with a personal spin that challenges preconceptions and enlightens. 

We learned about the non-Stonewall-approved scheme 'Shadow a Lez' whereby straight women can explore all the facets of being a lesbian and go from 0-100% in just a day. Leisa Rea, and shadower Candy were sponsored by Gran's Going Gay - an independently produced set of commercials to raise awareness of the fact older women can come out too.

Australian Hannah Gadsby took us on tour with her Junior State level Golf Squad (apparently you only needed to be able to hold a stick to make it) all the way through to the awkward and somewhat painful moment she rode the kiddie waterslide post-pubetic spurt. A lesson for us all.

'Headlining' in a non headline sense of the word, was firm favourite Zoe Lyons, who made it very clear to us life is still exciting post-40 (and thrills come from all new places) and she does not want to die trapped in her own anorak.

This event drew an amazing turnout, yes lesbians can go out on a Monday believe it or not, mostly an older crowd (well the over 30s cheered more loudly than the unders). It was just lovely to see so many women laughing their socks off in the name of a good cause, and to celebrate that women can be funny!