babooshka reviews

The Cast

Photographs by Jaap Oepkes www.oepkes.com


The Independent

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With "dimply buttocks, wobbly bits and some nudity" this new play could be a bellyful of laughs while exploring media manipulation of women's self-esteem.

The Independent


Existential angst combined with excellent comic acting produces solemn reflection and the laughter of recognition in an enthusiastic audience which has already been primed with jelly vodkas.

The serious subject is the body fascism which afflicts all but the most supremely confident women.

There are some excellent lines 'Once upon a time they cut the dress to fit the body, now they can cut your body to fit the dress' 'Low self esteem is like damp - you can keep emulsioning over the top, but the damp seeps through again eventually'.

Catherine Steadman almost steals the show as the dizzy, infatuated, celebrity obsessed sales girl who weeps over TV pics of starving children - she would love to be as skinny as them, but with all the flies and death and stuff, and yearns to have her own stalker.

There is some fine social comment here, with a delicate balance of humour.

The Herald, Sat 13 August 2005


Audience reviews

Audience reviews online at edfringe.com.


Beautifully written and beautifully performed

Star rating:4 stars

JENNY ÉCLAIR

Comedian/presenter, London


I loved it!!!

Star rating:5 stars

JO CAULFIELD

Comedian, London


Very witty take on the insecurities and self esteem of one woman at different stages of their lives. Great performances from all the cast. A great ensemble piece.

Star rating:5 stars

DELIA PARKER

Office/Project Manager, Hitchin

delia_parker@yahoo.co.uk


Loved Babooshka so much the 1st time I saw it again! Loved it all: the acting, costume changes, voiceovers, script, and of course the beautiful women!! Would challenge anybody not to be moved by it – to tears or laughter!! Thought provoking! Funny! Excellent entertainment! More of the same please!!

Star rating:5 stars

KINGSLEY NWANKWO-NTAH

Civil Servant, London

kingsleyn@gmail.com


The best show I saw at the Fringe - excellent performances from all in a clever, witty play with important serious messages for women. Hope it comes to London - must see it again.

Star rating:5 stars

JOYCE PULLEN

Retired and energetic retired 65 year old who is looking forward to Fringe 06', Hitchin


An excellent, well written play that takes you on an enjoyable and at times emotional journey. One of the best 60 minutes I spent in Edinburgh.

Star rating:5 stars

GARETH KANE

Actor, Leeds

garethjkane@yahoo.co.uk


Actually, I went to see the show THREE times, because I wanted several friends, my daughter and my women's group, to see it.  I am a mother to three, two grown up lads, and one teenage daughter. My women’s group loved the show very much, we all laughed so much, it’s quite an issue, body image, especially as you are getting older. I constantly struggle with huge contradictions around my body image, head tells me 'keeping young' aint where it’s at, but everything in our culture tells you different. I admit to being a 'shopaholic' but am desperately trying to break the habit. Would be great for your show to be seen other places.

During the 80's I lived and worked in London, in women's theatre - not much seems to have changed!!!!! In fact I would say that for younger women it has got a lot worse, the pressures on them to conform seem to be far greater now, and of course the pressures for older women now seem to be also far greater now that we have so many ageng botoxed plastic women as role models around us!!!!!! Where will it all end!!!!!

Your show was inspiring, wonderful to see such beautiful mature bodies on stage, and each of you were absolutely first class actresses, all the women I took just loved it, to see reflections of themselves on stage like that was quite inspiring to us all. Trust you get the funding you need and that this show is seen by many more women (and men). Good Luck, and thank you all so much. Absolutely fab, serious. Loved it. Thank you from a 55 year young woman.

Star rating: Top - excellent

MAUREN McALLISTER

Community Education Officer, East Lothian


If shopping was as good as Babooshka, men would be talking hanbags, not alloys. It’s a brilliantly dark observation of how fashion brands influence women and the limits women will go in pursuit of their fashion nirvana.

Star rating:5 stars

RACHEL LANCASTER

Agent, London

rachel@rachellancaster.com


Babooshka was a visually stunning and beautifully crafted journey, funny at times, emotional at others, but always heartfelt.

Star rating:5 stars

ISABEL ROBINSON

Journalist/actress, London


We thoroughly enjoyed this show. It was cleverly staged, with strong performances from all involved - including the lighting technician!

Star rating:4 stars

MARCHIA and GARY OGDEN

Actress/Company manager, Wigan

marchia@golfservicesltd.co.uk and gary@golfservicesltd.co.uk


A great concept of the dressing room mirror perspective, look into women's battle with fashion, trends, media hype and body image. Fast paced comedy that kept me chucking.

Star rating:5 stars

NOLAN ABREY

Televised Classroom Production University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.

nolan@mts.net


Intelligent, sharp and funny critique of women’s approach to modern life – a great show.

Star rating:5 stars

MARIZIA DAL FABBRO

Producer/actress

Rome, Italy

marziadalfabbro@yahoo.co.uk


Being a normal rufty tufty sporty sort of bloke a play is not normally my cup of tea and with my short attention span it was only sold to me on the promise of 5 ladies spending a lot of time in underwear. Having said that it came as a total surprise to then be totally absorbed in the dialogue which I thought was extremely well written and believable to each character. With a danger of sounding pretentious, I now have an understanding of the pressures society put on women and also the pressures and hang ups that women put on themselves; it appears to be an impossible situation from which to exist by. I thought the writing was clever to use the focus of these pressures as the red dress which to me appeared to symbolize what ever salvation each woman was seeking however actually represented the cause of all problems and as a result  turned out to be a curse.

The writing was also balanced so that no actress appeared to have a higher billing than another and thi I felt allowed each characters issues to be dealt with on a equal basis and not make judgement on which maybe or should be more important. The play was well acted and complemented by an excellent cast who were all believable in their roles.

My enjoyment of the play can be judged on the fact that I completely forgot about the promise of nudity as an enticement to go and see the play due to how good it was, it was funny, compelling with an underlying message that is quite sad and indictment on modern life. To be frank a play this good should be enough to get a full house every time however to get men to watch a play based on female points of view and anxieties will always be difficult and says far more about men’s shallow views in that it needs to be set in a changing room, than the female ones expressed in the play.

Star rating:5 stars

BILL HALEY

Station Officer, Bromsgrove

Ahaley@hwfire.org.uk


I think Babooshka was excellent. I wish you all the best with your tour.

Star rating:5 stars

CLAIRE HAMILTON

Writer, Monmouthshire


Five women in their underwear discussing life, great acting, humour honed to perfection. What Man could ask for more?

Star rating:5 stars

JIM DIVINE

Art Director

Jimdivine@zinine.co.uk

Really entertaining - very surreal insight into the minds of women!

Star rating:5 stars

TRICIA DIVINE

Training Manager

trishdivine@zinine.co.uk

I thoroughly enjoyed the show at Edinburgh, we only arrived the night before and yours was the first show we saw and it was chosen at random. It was brilliant. Loved it. Good characters nice and slick. Well done!

Star rating:4 stars

HAZEL LUCAS

Specialist dental nurse

Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex

onedaylucas@blueyonder.co.uk


I went in feeling ugly and walked out feeling quite gorgeous. Four weeks later I'm still reeling at the quality of the play and the performances themselves.

Star rating:5 stars

LAURA ROTHWELL

Actress, Guilford

laurarothwell@hotmail.com


Just excellent. Thanks

Star rating:5 stars

EDWINA BELL

Financial advisor, Bristol


Not really a theatre fan but enjoyed the show a lot.

Star rating:4 stars

KERR FINLAYSON

Investment Banker, London

kerr.finlayson@btopenworld.com


Made me want to do a male version of the same play.

Star rating:4 stars

KENNY FINLAYSON

Retired


I came twice and brought my best friends the second time!

Star rating:3 stars

LESLEY BUCHAN

Garden Designer, Crouch End, North London

lesley.buchan@blueyonder.co.uk


I came twice and brought my best friends the second time!

Star rating:4 stars

ELIZABETH FINLAYSON

Retired


Great show – clever, witty, thoroughly entertaining

Star rating:5 stars

BELINDA BEASLEY

Insights Programme Coordinator, Sheffield Theatres or Artisitic Director, Barefaced Theatre, Glossop, Sheffield


Loved your show! Are you published? Email me after Sept 5 – best regards Harry

Star rating:5 stars

HARRY LUPU

Artist Director/actor Miami, Miami , US

actdirect@excite.com


Good lines, great setting and good performers.

6 stars out of 5 :-) cause the show was really brilliant !

STEFANO TACCHIO

Communication Consultant

Bergamo - Italy


Show was absolutely first class. Great script. Great staging. Great laugh.

STEVE KNIGHT

Communications Consultant and Editor

Clevedon, North Somerset

steve.knight@virgin.net


I was a bit wary of this production as I get irritated by feminist revues which just go in for man knocking. But the lady giving out the flyer for the extra performance was so pleasant and I do like Jaffa cakes. I'm glad I attended as the production was well thought out, well performed and ultimately positive. Not man knocking, but with the point that women can be their own worst enemies. Certainly it was one of the best things I saw in Edinburgh and I think it will do well in London.

Star rating:4 stars

JANET WILMINGTON

Patent agent, London

JFPWilmington@aol.com


Fabulous, well written, fast moving and great acting

Star rating:5 stars

RODDY WEBSTER

Veternary surgeon, Edinburgh

roddywebster@btconnect.com


Brilliant one of the best shows of our trip here this year.

Star rating: 6 out of 5

WESLY & AMANDA WEST

Model maker/art director

Cambridge

wesley@wesleywwwest.com


Loved it – I live with a wife and daughters – saw them in it!!

Star rating:5 stars

KEN SPEKTOR

Cosmetic dentist, London

YSPEK@aol.com


Loved it! Good parody on every woman?

Star rating:5 stars

YVONNE SPEKTOR

Artist, London

YSPEK@aol.com


Star rating:5 stars

MRS FREEBERG

Chelsea London

(BA hon. Art History) Lady of leisure at the moment


Excellent. Incisive, entertaining, fast moving, well acted and right on the spot! Glad we were persuaded to in! 

Star rating:5 stars

SIMON & ALISON FAWCETT

Self-employed writer/photographer/tutor.

Sheffield

member@siandal.freeserve.co.uk


Babooshka is a perfect piece of theatre. Many congratulations. Brilliantly inspirational show. Easily the best play I’ve seen. You have set the bar very high. V well done.

Star rating:5 stars

MARK JEPHCOTT

New Product Development Manager

Manchester

mark.jephcott@tiscali.co.uk


American audiences need to see this! Well done! Broadway bound!

Star rating:5 stars

DAVID BROWN JR.

Actor/casting director, NY, US

www.davidbrownjr.com


Fabulous-issimus

Star rating:5 stars

ANGUS BARR

Actor/writer, Bristol

angusbarr@freeuk.com


As Babooska examines each of her layers, the lone male voice penetrates the inner sanctum of the retail establishment and gives Babooshka the solution to her fears about body image and self worth....... "BUY" "BUY" BUY! Loved the line about how they used to cut the dress to fit the body!

Star rating: Cosmic

DAVE GARDINER

Agent, Newcastle dave@davidgardiner.co.uk


The best thing I’ve ever seen!

Star rating:5 stars

COLIN GRIMES

Teacher, Warrington


I want to see it again. I would like to read the script, as there are so many gems in it.

Star rating:5 stars

JANET GRIMES

Teacher, Warrington


Wonderful

Star rating:5 stars

BARBARA HART

Long distance runner, Warrington


An imaginative satire inside the world of fashion – does it mirror you?

Star rating:5 stars

BOB HART

Merchant Seaman, Warrington

Greenatlantic53@aol.com


I’ve taken four different groups to Babooshka and everyone loves it. You’re selling out!

Star rating:4 stars

DAN

Taxi driver, Edinburgh


I was lucky enough to interpret the show, hard work, but well worth it. Issues were dealt with in a tender manner

Star rating:5 stars

LISA STAPLETON

Signer, Edinburgh


The show was good and funny. I enjoyed the interpreter, matched with the show was good atmosphere.

Star rating:4 stars

CAROLE ROBERTSON

Work with the deaf, Edinburgh


I came to the show because it was a sign language interpreted. It’s great that you’re giving access. The show was also excellent and I would defo come again next year.

Star rating:5 stars (excellent)

GAIL FERGUSON

Work with the deaf, Edinburgh


Great fun, music soundtrack, acting, costume design, etc. Witty, a clear message. Only poss doubt was re: Anorexia story, maybe felt a bit preachy?

Star rating:5 stars

MIKE WOODHEAD

Actor/writer, Manchester

mike_woodhead@btconnect.com


Warm hearted, light, fun, excellent staging and well focused. Crisp, light hearted entertainment. Lots of fun and highly adept performers

Star rating:5 stars

CATHERINE MOBERLY

Actor/belly dancer, London

zube_b_dance@yahoo.co.uk


The best show I’ve seen at the fringe in years. Superb, slick, stunning performances and lots of costumes!!

Star rating:5 stars

GILL JEPHCOTT

Restaurant owner/Actress, Llandundno

member@jephcott71.wanadoo.co.uk


The show was fabulous. I found myself quoting lines from it for the next coupla weeks. Clever, funny and important. Every gal should take a hint, from Coco Channel to Paris Hilton. Watch, learn, and grow the way YOUR skin does, all by itself. Great jokes, important message. Needs a little more choreography!

Star rating:5 stars

DONNA KING

Actress/Choreographer, London


We need more theatre like Babooshka. I booked the show because it was an all-women cast (casting opportunities still seem to overwhelmingly favour men) and was pleasantly surprised that it was of such high calibre. The entrances and exits through the changing room curtains was genius and made for such smooth, fast-paced theatre with minimum distraction and maximum impact. Well done. I'm ashamed to admit (well...sort of) that my friend and I did take a certain amount of pleasure, observing some men squirming in the front row, having, apparently, got quite a bit more than they bargained for!! All men should be forced to see the play, in my opinion. How refreshing – all women about women stuff! Brilliant cast, effortlessly acted. The writing and pace built beautifully into the heart thumping crescendo! Good luck!

Star rating:5 stars

JULIA JOHNSTON

Advisory teacher for pupils with special needs, Beaconsfield

joolzj@hotmail.com


The best and the funniest show of the festival. I do wish you all continued success with this really funny show - it is worthy of Broadway and the West End.

Star rating: 6!

JOHN R ROUTLEY

Retired Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot

Tucson, Arizona, USA

mincarlo@cox.net


I loved the show, it was funny, touching and carried a message which was worth exploring. I was particularly impressed by the cast, they were amazing ,and the set as well. I loved its simplicity and the final touch with the red curtains was great-I particularly liked the way that all the characters constructed their dresses to suit their personalities. I felt the anorexia scene was rather 'sudden' I  felt very sad to hear all the detatils of the daughter's appearance towards the end of her life, but they were real and so I suppose that they should be included. I can’t fault it. Funny, sad, truthful, great acting – what else can I say?

Star rating:5 stars

NITA DICKSON

Head Hunter, London

nita@nitadickson.freeserve.co.uk


Hugely enjoyable – great cast – fab script!

Star rating:4 stars

SUE ODELL

Casting Director, London

sue@sueodell.com


Anna 1 and 4’s performances were mesmerising; it was funny, compelling and conscientious. U must get it on in London!

Star rating:5 stars

DANNY LEE

Homeopath, London

acubird@hotmail.com


Thoroughly enjoyed it – not just a lot of anti-men ranting as I feared – positive!

Star rating:4 stars

DR J PERKINS

Doctor


Really enjoyed it. Thanks you. Good fun with a good message for all us women.

Star rating:4 stars

FRAN MASKELL

Stage Manager, Yorkshire


Beautifully written and performed by a talented cast. Brilliantly designed and choreographed to maximum effect in a small Edinburgh theatre space. Funny, moving and thought provoking. For once don't buy the magic face cream and go see this. The laughter will take years off you.

Star rating:5 stars

KAREN ROSIE

Producer/BBC, London


Enjoyable and moving (I welled up twice!). Some of the movements are a bit clunky, and the beginning moves a bit slowly, but the ending's great. The cast are generally strong, though they do "act" occasionally (obviously something one shouldn't notice). Anna 5 really gets me with the dead Lilly bit, and Anna 2 is appropriately insecure. Anna 3 is a mad dark Irishwoman who sometimes hits a perfect note of intensity, and sometimes just sounds hysterical. Overall it's a great script, matched by strong performances which create an intimate and passionate atmosphere in a small space. Perhaps because of this space, I feel the intensity would be increased by sometimes under-playing emotions.

Star rating:4 stars

MATT PERRET

Poet/writer/comedian, London


I really enjoyed the show, I thought it had great performances and spot on comic timing with lots of lovely detail - the hands coming through the curtains, the subtle looks between the women as they came and went, and the work with the audience mirror. The set was perfect, and the curtains becoming the dresses worked very well. The show perked me up no end, it was pacy (I thought, I liked the cutting back and forth) and smart and kept me interested and amused throughout. There were some great lines in the script, but it did seem sometimes that there was a lot of information being fed to the audience, on women's bodies, which were interesting points but sometimes got in the way of plot and character. It could go deeper into these women's lives/that woman's life and cut back a little on the sometimes quite dry research. I liked the Scott Capurro-esque voice overs though. The more emotional line of the dead daughter might benefit from this adjustment, as it came a little out of nowhere (although very well played). I say again that I really enjoyed watching and I think you did a fantastic job putting it together. So much kudos.

Star rating:4 stars

STEPHEN KEYWORTH

Artistic Director 5065 Lift and Millenium wheel, London

stevekeyworth@hotmail.com


Excellent show - with just the right balance of humour and seriousness for the subject matter.

Star rating:4 stars

CHRIS LIMB

Website designer, Brighton


Kiki, I didn’t realise I had such a talented neighbour.

Star rating: very entertaining

MARTIN S NICHOLLS

Chartered surveyor, Hampstead, London

Martin.snicholls@virgin.net


Really funny!

Star rating:5 stars

MARGARET COLLINS

Nurse


It’s exactly the sort of theatre I like. It covered 1 issue – women’s aging and self-image in 1 context – clothes. The characters were detailed and funny, it had excellent pace and dramatic content. But I thought the information in it – which was the strongest part – didn’t divide well into characterisation. I mean each character seemed a carrier of information – more than the person. If the people-ness was enhanced I think it would have raised the whole piece a level. Everything else is in place.

Star rating:4 stars

CLAIRE MILNE


Fantastically creative idea, using minimal props and set. Quite an eye-opener for a man - as promised an insight into the mind of a woman. Imaginative use of minimal props and set. Interactive.

Star rating:4 stars

COLIN HATTERSLEY

Press photographer, Edinburgh


Lots of fun also challenging of stereotypes, which I liked.

Star rating:5 stars

DAVE JACKSON


I loved all the elements music, drama, versatility with fabric, very strong messages for women. Thanks

Star rating:5 stars

LAURA FINDLAY


Great script, very well delivered

Star rating:5 stars

JENNY COCHRANE


Fantastically written and very amusing

Star rating:5 stars

ANDREA FINDLAY


Sadly real

Star rating:5 stars

SHARON ALMOG


Made me want to get married

PETER LAMBERT

Star rating: 6 (6th star for Charlotte Pyke)


Funny, well played, recommended.

Star rating:4 stars

ILAN BOOCK

Business Consultant, Manchester


Absolutely fantastic, very funny and brilliantly done costumes

Star rating:5 stars

ALENA ONDRACKOA


V good, excellent theatre/stage design

Star rating:5 stars

MICHAEL


Fabulous, so so true. I’m 40 in 4 weeks and still fighting the flab.

Star rating:5 stars

ANGELA HUGHES


Hilarious and sad at the same time. A full frontal take on 'Everywoman' set in the murky secret hell of the women's changing room. The tyranny of women's sizes and shapes is exposed with strong performances from five women who make the cast of Sex and the City look pale and insignificant plus vodka jellies and Jaffa Cakes on arrival a real treat for all the senses.

Star rating:4 point 5 stars

SHELAGH MCGOURAN

PR agent, Stockport Manchester

Great! Fantastic! To who wrote it!!!

Star rating:5 stars

KATE NANSLEY


Very true, great character acting

Star rating: V good

CAROLINE MANSLEY


Brave-provocative, well staged and thoughtful. Cheers

Star rating:4 stars

DIANE HUGHES

New Zealand


Brilliant portrayal of women’s angst with themselves and the pressure of media and fashion and supposed perfection.

Star rating:5 stars

LORRAINE


Very funny. Great performances. Enjoyed every minute. Thanks

Star rating:5 stars

DREW HORLEY


Great performances, great costumes, very polished show.

Star rating:4 stars

JEN MAKIN


Fab. Great fun, very moving and sharp. Amazing mix. Great performances.

Star rating:5 stars

ALI CARROLL

Therapist, Reading, Berkshire


Superb/inventive. Great acting and very funny

Star rating:5 stars

MARTIN SILVERMAN


Excellent – eye opener. Brave.

Star rating:5 stars

COLIN WILLIAMS


Very enjoyable and perceptive

Star rating:4 stars

JOHN GAIR


Well done. A great show. Made me think. Loved it.

Star rating:5 stars

REBECCA MOORE


Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed it, frighteningly true

Star rating:5 stars

WILL HEADON


Fun, excellent behind the scenes reality

Star rating:4 stars

SHEIlA


Ok, honest. As a guy it made me think and it was funny.

Star rating:4 stars

PAUL MUIN


Worth the 13,000km trip to see a great show

Star rating:5 stars

DONNA HENSLEY


Bloody glad I came – Great script. Great performances and great direction.

Star rating:5 stars

MARC DANBURY


Really really good and thought provoking – well done and good luck too

Star rating:5 stars

ROB SAPSFORD


Really enjoyed this – I am 51!

Star rating:5 stars

LIZ CHARLES


A hoot! Very true to life.

JUSTICE


Very funny. Good observation. Pity about the blaspheming

Star rating: VG

M JACKSON


Super show

Star rating:4 stars

M SMITH


Sharn’t worry about just turning 50 and will laugh and think of you all next time trying on clothes.

Star rating:5 stars

ROSEMARY HEADON


Good performances from all the actors

Star rating:3.5 stars

HEATHER BAKER


Did what it said on the tin!

Star rating:3.5 stars

NIGEL BAKER


Thought provoking – brilliant – really enjoyed the whole show.

Star rating:5 stars

E FINLAYSON


Topical subject well presented. Funny production getting point across.

Star rating:5 stars

M HADDOW

Retail manager, Glasgow


Catherine Steadman was fab

Star rating:5 stars

MARY-ANN HADDOW


Really fucking great and entertaining

Star rating:5 stars

PAM LEE


I have so many hang-ups about communal dressing rooms – just about covered them all – more on bad underwear, bad hair days, make-up and not having shaved all our hair away – bikini wax.

Star rating:4 stars

M CUTHBERTSON


Touching and hilarious

Star rating:4 stars

BOBBIE PRYOR


Fantastic and sadly true

Star rating:5 stars

LINDA FILJAK


Excellent – girly, sex in the city type show.

Star rating:4 stars

LISA STEPHENS


Clever, perceptive and funny

Star rating:3.5 stars

F BREADIN


Very clever and observant. Could do with a bigger venue.

Star rating:3 stars

CHRIS BREADIN


Fantastic. Thank you

Star rating:5 stars

ANON


Funny and well thought out and portrayed

Star rating:5 stars

MARION SHARP


Thought provoking, funny and utterly charming

Star rating:5 stars

NATHANAL


Excellent, funny, poignant

Star rating:5 stars.5

ROBIN SILVERMAN


Excellent. Insightful

Star rating:5 stars

R WHALEY


Excellent, very funny!

Star rating:4 stars

SALLY STEPHENS


Brilliant. Thank you – proud to be 50!

Star rating:4 stars

G WANES


Top rating for all women – a man. Mandatory viewing

Star rating:5 stars

ANON


Very well observed and written. Great casting. Inventive set/costumes. Laugh a minute, yet v thought provoking

Star rating:4 stars

BONITA


My first show this time – I hope the rest are as good! Thanks!

Star rating:4 stars

DOT SMITH


A fantastically funny thought provoking play. A new use of tits and arse in theatre

Star rating:5 stars

NICOLA BATES


Very funny, well acted. Sales assistant very good

Star rating:5 stars

DOREEN HOLLIS


Cute and tragic. The sad fucking state of women. When will it end? I hate that this play should even have an audience though. Thanks for doing some difficult dirty work.

Star rating: Super

MARIANNE HYATT

Songwriter, London

Mamadamehyatt@yahoo.com


Laughed and was very moved too!

Star rating:4 stars

ANON


Excellent ensemble piece, great fun, food acting and writing

Star rating:4.5 stars

PETE/EVELYN JAY


Brilliant portrayal of women’s angst with themselves and the pressure of media and fashion of supposed perfection.

Star rating:5 stars

LORRAINE


Funny and very real how we women can be at times

Star rating:4 stars

SONIA & SAM


True, witty and engaging

Star rating:4 stars

BARBARA ELLON


Enjoyable – different. Wish I had boobs like those!

Star rating:4 stars

JILL


Very unusual comedy, excellent performance would go and see again

Star rating:5 stars

ROSINA IRVINE


Definitely must see, funny, insightful and above all true. All the women were superb!!!

Star rating:5 stars

CATHERINE IRVINE


Something most women can relate to

Star rating:4 stars

GWEN LANG


Wonderful – and that’s the truth!

Star rating:5 stars

RHODA BABIS


V funny

Star rating:5 stars

M KINCH


Hilarious and searching

Star rating:5 stars

DAVE


V good

Star rating:4 stars

SUSIE KING


Very clever original idea. Excellent addressing of very current issues. Well done!

Star rating:4 stars

AMY SIOCOMBE


Excellent and very moving. True.

Star rating: 8 stars!

NATALIE FEDECZTO


Made me cry. I know it was funny too, but I was crying at the end. And yes, I’m nearly 40! Hope I like myself when I’m 50!

Star rating:5 stars

NICKY BARNARD


Loved the performances. Loved the concept of dressing room. Really worked. Thought the anorexia message was a bit heavy handed and would have like it more if it had been more subtle. Really great performances though.

Star rating: 7/10

D SHAND


Light-hearted fun with a serious edge – very entertaining

Star rating:3.5 stars

MAX BERENDT


V v good. Loved the costumes. Extremely funny

Star rating:5 stars

RACHEL STENART


Really funny and well performed. Well done!

Star rating:4 stars

ANON


Excellent. Brilliant performances.

Star rating:5 stars

M HURLEY


Sales ass excellent.

Women need help dressing. What do I know. I’m a bloke.

Star rating:3 stars

HOWARD LEE


Really very well observed and funny – and I’ve got a penis!

Star rating:4 stars

EDWARD FERGUSON


Excellent, well written, well acted. I enjoyed it from the start to finish.

Star rating: The most

ALAN HALEY


Hilarious. Absolutely womanish!

Star rating:5 stars

NIKEL KOUTOUN


Filled me with love for my partner

Star rating:5 stars

RAY BROWN


Very interesting. Both to men and women

Star rating:4 stars

BECKY GIBSON


Sometimes too much ‘clear’ but still funny.

Star rating:4 stars

DONATO


Slick, v feminine (naturally) but what a pathetic lot. We all are (men also) to get worked up over clothes. You can only wear one garment at a time.

Star rating:4 stars

DD HEMMINGS


Fun, true to life and thought provoking very well done

Star rating:5 stars

CAROL STOREY


V Good and fun and true

Star rating:4 stars

T HALL


Brilliant!

Star rating:5 stars

MICHAEL


One of the best and funniest shows I have ever seen

Star rating:5 stars

S LONG


We live it every day – two daughters and a pmt wife!

Star rating:5 stars

MIKE NOWELL


Brilliant! Witty and fun. Near enough to real life to strike a chord with women everywhere

Star rating:5 stars

JEANNE DAVIDSON-STEINHARDT


Oh how true!!

Star rating:5 stars

L HYAMS


Great performers, great costumes, very polished show.

Star rating:4 stars

JEN MAKIN


Very funny. Great performers! Enjoyed every minute! Thanks

Star rating:4 stars

DREW HORLEY


Star rating:4 stars

KATE DOEHRING


Star rating:4 stars

SARAH CORTESE


Star rating:4 stars

SALLY WARNER & STEPHEN MINAY


Star rating:4 stars

ELLIE


Star rating:5 stars

PENNY GRAYSON


Star rating:4 stars

GRANT CLARK


Star rating:4 stars

LOIS HEYMANN


Star rating:5 stars

DEBORA RONIS


Star rating:4 stars

ANNIE GRAYSON


Star rating:3 stars

R DINGWELL


Really funny. Thought inspiring. Well worth watching. But too hot!

Star rating:5 stars

MARY CAREW


Brilliant!

MAUREEN BRACK


Very good!

HENNING WEHN

Comedian, South London

henningwehn@gmx.de

www.henningwehn.de


A tad long

Star rating:4 stars

DAVID COATES

Consultant, Sydney


Star rating:3 stars

LOUISE MOULTON

purchasing assistant , Tamworth, Staffs

loulou20@fsmail.net


Star rating:3 stars

M MOULTON


Loadsa fun, loadsa laughs, loudsa clothes!

Star rating:3 stars

AUSTIN LE CARPENTER

Northumberland.


Was good fun, loved the shop assistant. You all must work out where was the fat one?

Star rating:3 stars

SUZY LE CARPENTIER

Branch bank manager , Northumberland.

suzy@lecarpentier.fslife.co.uk


A brilliant portrayal of the absurdity of the life of a modern woman in today's world. Hilarious script with wonderful acting.

Star rating:5 stars

A GRAYSON

Boston, MA

USA

Student at Harvard University

agrayson@fas.harvard.edu


Good, well acted, but made me cry

Star rating:3 stars

CERI GALLOWAY

Occupational therapist, Cambridge


Great, really enjoyed it

Star rating:3.5 stars

PETER HAYMANN


Star rating:4 stars

NADIA ASLAM


Star rating: Good

FAYHA


Star rating: 10/10

RAJESMEE


Star rating:5 stars

PAULINE GLOVER


Script not sharp enough, sentimental, not witty

Star rating:3 stars

P DICKINSON


Charlotte Pyke has lost weight, she looked great and so did the rest of you.

Star rating:5 stars

JEMMA PHILIPS


Very good!

J. DEWAR


Very true. Good fun.

T. ALSTEAD


Brill

Star rating:5 stars

WILL FERTON


Star rating:5 stars

R. EUANS


Very good. Covers every woman – colourful array. Hard work. Charming.

Star rating:3 stars

D. HUNT


Very good, great performance, good to challenge real issues that effect women.

Star rating:5 stars 10/10

EKTA RAI


All brilliant – excellent – made you think. Original

Star rating:5 stars

SUE PHILIPS


I thought your production of Babooshka in Edinburgh was a clever and original Idea. Well worth developing for the larger theatre audience.

Star rating: 4 stars

PAMELA STOTT

Chocolate maker, Newcastle upon Tyne

pamelastott@cocoabean.co.uk


Babooshka... was non-stop entertainment from beginning to end. It had it all: comedy, pathos and thought provoking drama. A strong cast complimented the superb writing. A must to see.

Star rating: 4-5 stars

A-J BARRY

Journalist/actor, London

ajpixie@hotmail.com


Babooshka - Loved it. Great idea to work with and develop. Difficult to do in a new way which the creators successfully accomplished. Some great comedy moments too.

Star rating: 4 stars

TALLY PARR

Producer, London


Thoroughly enjoyed the show, it was both well written and performed, women will love it as it contains food for thought and men will enjoy it because it is great fun. I hope it does come to London as it will do well and I would love to see it again

Star rating: 4 stars

SUZY KOREL

Casting Director, London


Fun... Powerfully delivered - bags of enegy. A great thought provoking rollercoaster ride. Highly recomended.

Star rating: 4 stars

DAVE THORPE

Community theatre director, Southampton