Theatre Review: Ma, Am I Good in Bed?

Two sisters from Ireland offer this awesome performance covering sibling rivalry, and how at age 15 everything seemed like the end of the world - but it wasn’t compared to adult life today. Whilst waiting for their Uber they reminisce over past experiences, including past girlfriends.

Ma, Am I Good in Bed - sisters in the club toiletsThe performance opens in a club toilet, with the sisters fighting over how they both wanted the same guy, and one stole him from the other.
 

Throughout the story, there were flashbacks to the past as the characters reminisced on their past. The actors used a whistle to activate the scene, which was combined with a change in lighting - very effective and yet simple.

The play included 80s classics Total Eclipse of the Heart and We Built This City on Rock and Roll, which had the audience swaying and singing along.

As well as the comedy, which had the audience laughing out loud, there were more serious messages around how women are seen and treated, including a very serious scene about rape, and not allowing the situation to define their story, which had the audience enthralled in silence.

Ma, Am I Good in Bed - Do Your Flaps Hang Low?One of my favourite parts was the absolutely hilarious revamp of the original nursery rhyme Do Your Ears Hang Low, which started off with the line, Do Your Flaps Hang Low. The combination of great lyrics and performance had the audience laughing out loud.
 

Another scene towards the end included a genius version of the Lord’s prayer which referred to being gay, being led into temptation and being protected from child molesting priests. 

I also particularly liked the Uber rating reference, giving the driver 4 stars because the driver clipped a cyclist - highlighting the balance between good customer service and maintaining a good Uber customer rating, and our need to fit the social constructs in place.

This play had it all - feminism, sex, birth control, fighting over the same guy, flash backs and 80s classics to sing along to.

4 star theatre review of Ma, Am I Good in Bed on Planet Nation


ABOUT MA, AM I GOOD IN BED? 

Ma, Am I Good in Bed?, part of Maiden Speech FestivalBy @roisin_bevan(link is external)and @sineadbmakeup(link is external)

Some things you should only ever say to your sister. The Duffy girls wanted to be sexy. They wanted to be good at sex. When they actually started having sex, they quickly realised they were neither sexy, nor particularly good at it. To their dismay, the world of sex is bloody complicated.

​Ma, Am I Good In Bed? is a hilarious and honest conversation between two sisters who just really need each other.

CAST

  • Roisin Bevan
  • Sinead Bevan

DATES

  • Sat 14 Oct @ 6.30pm
  • Wed 18 Oct @ 7.30pm
  • Sat 21 Oct @ 6.30pm

ABOUT MAIDEN SPEECH

Maiden Speech Festival - nine new plays from 10 emerging artistsProduced by Lexi Clare Productions @LexiClareNZnk is external)

From dark comedy to lip-sync, Shakespearean cabaret to rap, Maiden Speech is a theatre festival featuring a striking selection of original works by emerging artists.

​Maiden Speech promises to be a festival that entertains and provokes, engaging with questions of gender and sexuality through a myriad of stories and styles. Brought to you by a team of recent Mountview graduates, this festival marks the first time these nine pieces have been performed on a London stage.

Join us for the first instalment of Maiden Speech; two weeks of compelling new theatre, ideas and faces to watch out for.

Maiden Speech is playing at TheatreN16 in Balham from 10-21 October 2017.

@MaidenSpeech(link is external) #MaidenSpeech

https://www.lexiclareproductions.com(link is external)

Tickets:

  • 1 Show: £10 
  • 2 Shows: £15 (Not applicable for the same show)
  • 3 Shows: £20 (Not applicable for the same show)
  • Festival Pass: £25 (See as many shows as you like)

OTHER PERFORMANCES IN THIS FESTIVAL THAT WE RECOMMEND WITH AN LBQ THEME

INSIDE OUT

Inside Out solo play - part of Maiden Speech FestivalBy @Stina_Bloom(link is external)

Inside Out is a show about discovering identity and defying stereotypes in a world that insists upon boxing, packaging, and labelling.

​Christina Bloom shares her experience with matters of the heart in this thought-provoking look at sexuality through the eyes of a one-woman, 'one-man' band. This show explores the cruelty of life, while celebrating small victories and progress towards acceptance.

CAST

Christina Bloom

DATES

  • Wed 11 Oct @ 7.30pm
  • Fri 13 Oct @ 7.30pm
  • Sat 14 Oct @ 4.00pm
REVIEW: Read our review of Inside Out and find out why we gave it 5 stars 

THE WHITE FEMINIST'S GUIDE TO SEX AND HIP HOP 

White Feminists Guide to Sex and Hip Hop, part of Maiden Speech Festival

by @RBourges(link is external)

Firstly: She loves hip hop. Deeply.
Secondly: She is white. Very.
Third of all: She hates when people say thirdly.
Fourthly: She does sex. Bisexually.
Finally: She has discovered feminism. Revolutionary!

A one woman comedy show in verse, that explores hip hop, sex, feminism, and cultural appropriation through the eyes of a privileged white girl.

CAST

Roxane Bourges

DATES

  • Thur 12 Oct @ 7.30pm
  • Sat 14 Oct @ 7.30pm
REVIEW: Read our review of The White Feminist's Guide to Sex and Hip Hop and find out why we gave it 4 stars 
 

PURPLE SNOWFLAKES AND TITTY WANKS 

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks, part of Maiden Speech Festivalby @sarahhanly3(link is external)

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks is a vibrant story of survival, a fearless example of semi-autobiographical storytelling and Irish humour. 

We follow Sarah as she navigates her way through grief, drunken nights, and a variety of sexual exploits in a hilarious and heartbreaking one-woman show about mental illness, sexuality, and friendship.

CAST

Sarah Hanly

​DIRECTOR

Alice Fitzgerald

DATES

  • Tue 10 Oct @ 8.20pm SOLD OUT
  • Fri 20 Oct @ 8.20pm
  • Sat 21 Oct @ 8.20pm
REVIEW: Read our review of Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks and find out why we gave it 5 stars