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Beach Body Ready

“Buoyant, candid and warmly performed”

Appropriating the slogan from the infamous ad campaign, The Roaring Girls’ autobiographical show is less an exercise in body positivity, more of a call for body acceptance.

It’s a raised middle finger to the endless pressure placed on women to look a certain way and take up less space.

Rachael Abbey, Jess Morley, and Sarah Penney talk candidly about their hang-ups. They discuss their bodies, what they like and dislike about their tummies, breasts and thighs.

They talk about the judgement they face daily for inhabiting larger bodies. They talk about the diet industry and the psychological impact of being told, constantly, by women’s magazines, dickheads in nightclubs and society as a whole, you’re too big to be desirable.

Abbey, Morley and Penney are all wonderfully warm and engaging performers. It’s a joy being in their company for an hour. Their comic timing is excellent and Lizi Perry‘s production cleverly balances emotional openness with a sense of playfulness and fun.

There’s serious stuff in here too. Morley discusses her own disordered relationship with food and fitness. Penney makes it powerfully apparent how corrosive self-loathing can be; they touch upon the idea that these damaging attitudes get handed down from generation to generation.

This is a buoyant, honest and often moving show, and while there’s nothing revelatory being said here, but that’s kind of the point. Sadly, this all still needs saying, repeatedly and loudly.

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Production Details
Production nameBeach Body Ready
VenuePleasance Courtyard
StartsJuly 31, 2019
EndsAugust 26, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorJess Morley, Lydia Marchant, Rachael Abbey, Sarah Penney
DirectorLizi Perry
Set designerNatalie Young
Costume designerNatalie Young
Lighting designerJess Addinall
CastJess Morley, Rachael Abbey, Sarah Penney
Stage managerJay Hirst
ProducerThe Roaring Girls
VerdictBuoyant, candid and warmly performed show about body-shaming and self-acceptance
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