The Ruby Darlings 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 07, Aug 2016
A good portion of the audience had seen this pair (trio – they also have a pianist) before, though this was my first time at this good fun cabaret show. It’s distinctly feminist themed, though women empowering rather than man-bashing. In fact, men were mentioned perhaps twice in the whole show, and then only once at the start, and the second time as an implied part of the rather homogenous category of oral-sex provider. The man sitting next to me seemed to have an absolute hoot.
Brass tacks: the music is good and easy to listen to, they all have lovely voices and sing well in harmony. The lyrics are funny, thoughtful and insightful, and the material between the songs is well-delivered, confident and holds things together well. There were lots of different topics covered – names for vaginas, anal sex, biological clocks, masturbation, stalkers – and some things made some parts of the audience more wary than others, like passing round a mooncup (I’ve never seen one in real life; I thought it was fascinating).
There was a slight lull in the third quarter, where the strong pace of between-song material didn’t quite hold up, and I’m still making up my mind if the man giving tips on masturbation to women was deliberately ironic. But I enjoyed joining in with the singing, and it seemed like a good time was had by all.
Voodoo Rooms, 20:10
Reviewed by Laura