Whatever you could call it – variety, cabaret, burlesque, underground theatre – there’s certainly a wide choice of multi-billed evenings of entertainment to catch in the city these days. They’ve probably always been there, but recently seem to be making a lot more of an impact.
Everywhere from Embryo at Studio Liverpool, the Martini Lounge and Canary Cage, Comedy Knight at Mello Mello to numerous one night only affairs, new sketches, songs and acts are springing up everywhere. Taking a punt is usually well worth the effort.
One of the newest and most unusual nights on the block is live, improvised chat show Come On Girls, which filmed its second ‘episode’ this week (July 21). It is the creation of Lauren Silver, Helen Foster and Rosie Wilkinson, all members of comedy troupe Impropriety, who have adapted the idea from a similar night they discovered across the pond.
Rosie says: “When I went to Canada last year I found out about a show called Hey Ladies, which was created by three female improvisers. I was staying with one of them, and we had been talking about how improv is still very male dominated and that some of the best performers I knew in Liverpool were women.”
This includes Lauren and Helen, who are both involved in a number of different creative projects. They work together as Ladyface, the hosts of Come On Girls; Lauren put in an acclaimed performance in Spike Theatre’s Edinburgh-bound The Games and is developing her own comic character Pure Joy; Helen played a mean Lady Macbeth in the Trickster Theatre production earlier in the year, and indulges her lighter side as one half of comedy burlesque duo Sticky Tuppence and solo as Penny Farthing.
Rosie can usually be found behind the scenes, as the artistic director of Impropriety and stage manager and assistant director on a number of fringe productions in the city.
The trio had been wanting to work together for a while, and Come On Girls turned out to be the ideal project – an event rather than just a show, as they put it. With special guests, music, and stalls and demonstrations from local businesses (Lush and Bland Clothing took part in the first episode), getting the audience to feel involved before, during and after is a big part of the night.
And although it puts the call out for “mothers, sisters and friends” to come along and enjoy a bit of a girly night, everyone is welcome. The only agenda that Come On Girls has is wanting to be funny (watch their brilliantly sarcastic charity appeal below).
“In terms of the show itself, we’re three people aiming to entertain an audience; the fact that we all happen to be women shouldn’t be any part of that,” Rosie says. “In fact, the first show was actually quite male heavy on the performers; we just choose people we like and who make us laugh.
“But obviously, the very fact that we are women, and that the show is called Come On Girls does have
some relevance. Basically, we want to entertain everybody, and if by doing that, we’re adding some weight to the fact that women are just as funny as men, then all the better.”
The girls hope the show will be held regularly at Studio Liverpool, and are aiming to revive it every other month. For more information and clips from the show (the whole evening is filmed), keep checking their website and Twitter.