Theatre Review: Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks... I was intrigued just by the title. And as a purple myself (don't like the word lesbian, why not call yourself a purple instead?!) I didn't actually know what a titty wank was until my girlfriend explained it 1 minute before the performance began!

This performance was the masters performance for Sarah Hanly and was a semi-autobiographical performance, with strong themes around mental health and eating disorders as well as some Irish humour. It received a standing ovation, and it was truly deserved. Throughout the performance, you could see the emotion in her eyes. It was clear that this performance had a deep, personal meaning to her. She was sharing her innermost feelings and experiences with a room full of strangers.

Sarah Hanly in Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks

The premise of the performance was Sarah talking to her friend in a diary format. A perfect mixture of comedy, whilst covering the rather challenging and honest subjects of sexuality, mental health and surviving growing up in catholic Southern Dublin as a young woman. Sarah gave a very physical performance with lots of thrusting, miming and swearing. Not for the feint hearted, this performance contains a lot of triggers around bulimea, anorexia, sexuality and grief.
 

To break up the scenes, and reflect the changes in date, pauses between scenes were Sarah standing still staring into the audience, almost harrowing and I feel that they represented the darkness of mental health that encompasses Sarah, her dark shadow that is always there.

There were flashbacks to past experiences, some with the song Take Me Home, Country Roads. One version of the song, to reflect that Sarah was high at the time, was sped up making the lyrics sound like a chipmunk, psychadelic and chaotic; it really worked in setting the scene.

A really good way to explain the ongoing challenge of mental health, my favourite line in the play:

"The habit creeps up on me out of nowhere, like a sheep on a country road in Limerick."

"I love sheep" you say.

"Yeah, so do I Saoirse. But at the moment I've got the whole fucking flock blocking my way"

The performance takes place on a bare set which was as raw and vulnerable as the story itself. A few key props included hand wash, a bag of powder, a granola bar, and an electric toothbrush! I'll let you imagine what they could be used for... I loved that all of the props were produced from a bum bag around her waist.

This play is entralling, mesmorising, and as easy as it is difficult to watch. You can't help but feel like you are reading someone's diary, hearing their inner thoughts. By the end I felt honoured to have shared this experience. Most importantly, I felt happiness around the ultimate story of survival. Yes there is still grief, and personal challenges - but live is still for living - day by day, and possibly even as a purple!

A Phenominal performance from a purple who has a great career ahead of her.

5 star theatre review of Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks on Planet Nation

You have another chance to catch this play!

For one night only, on Friday 3 November 2017, Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks is on at The Arts Theatre in the West End. Tickets are just £10 - they're worth three times that so get yours today!


ABOUT 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

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 

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
REVIEW: Read our review of Ma, Am I Good in Bed? and find out why we gave it 4 stars