Did you know that The Beatles Were a Boyband? Just like other boybands, their popularity began with young women first, only then did others take notice.

This show is the latest offering from F-Bomb Theatre, written by Rachel O’Regan, the show centres around 3 women; Violet (Sally Cairns), Daisy (Linzi Devers) and Heather (Kirsten Hutchinson). Daisy is an influencer, flogging diet tea that makes you shit yourself online. Violet is a waitress, going out and having fun, and Heather is the realist, the no-nonsense friend.

After hearing about a young girl’s murder, and feeling fed up of hearing so often about male violence, Daisy soon decides to use her platform for good, hoping for change and to dismantle the patriarchy. Of course, this is a man’s world, so soon she’s got an army of trolls to contend with and finds herself in virtual arguments with the Incels.

The set design of a living room means it feels as though we’ve stepped into the house of a group of friends. It makes the show and friendships onstage that much more genuine and realistic.

Devers gives a phenomenal performance as Daisy, who refuses to be ignored. Devers’s performance is impassioned and shows a range of emotions throughout. Hutchison shines during the scenes where her past are shown, she gives an emotive performance that means that her character is fully dimensional.

The Beatles Were A Boyband begins light-heartedly and has a sit-com feel to it. But at its core is an incredibly important point. It’s funny, raw, honest and relatable. This is a beautifully honest and confronting piece of theatre, this is exactly what theatre should do.

This is essential viewing for everyone living in today’s world. It’s for any woman that’s held her keys between her knuckles. For every woman that’s sent their location to a friend or tracked their friend’s Uber. For every woman that’s felt personally attacked when they’ve read another news article of a woman’s death at the hands of a man. It’s one that will provoke thought and stick with you long after the curtain’s come down. I say it again, The Beatles Were A Boyband is ESSENTIAL VIEWING.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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