Liverpool-based performer Joanne Tremarco brings her brilliant and controversial improvised performance show Women Who Wank to Preston on Friday, July 15, to launch Lancashire Fringe Festival.
Tremarco has received huge acclaim for the piece, a tender, hysterical, enlightening, witty and physical show which she has performed over 150 times around the world.
Reviews for her Edinburgh Fringe run described her show as “a genuinely remarkable piece of theatre. Tremarco is utterly captivating” and “Tremarco is brilliantly physically dynamic throughout, both facially and corporeally, creating a captivating magnetism”.
This is what I wrote about Woman Who Wank after seeing the show in Edinburgh (2015):
This one woman show of improvised theatre was as shocking for its warmth, humour and brutally tender moments as it was for its title.
Joanne Tremarco’s performance was beguiling from the moment she wandered into the landing of the decrepit building which housed her show to welcome in the audience. As 150-plus slightly uncomfortable filed into the room she chats, jokes and prods her audience, most of whom are blissfully unaware that the show has already started.
If ever there was a show which relied on the whole-hearted confidence of a single person to succeed, this is it. That the show is so good, so captivating and so funny is a tribute to the actress. Talk goes from the obvious to the more subtle side of relationships, with a huge dollop of audience participation adding to the nervous nature of the laughter. Fool Size Theatre have previous when it comes to human genitalia (The Fig Leaf Wars) so be in no doubt, they have put effort into this show.
Tremarco is as endearing as a woman impersonating a giant vagina can be. She achieves this simply by pulling her red dress over her head. The description here possibly does match the effect.
If Woman Who Wank tours anywhere near you, I suggest you pack up the feelings discomfort over the show’s title, chuck them out of the window and go and be entertained in a way you never thought possible.
And this is stunning show will now finally be in Lancashire (at Ham & Jam, Preston) on July 15, 2016. Time approx 9.10pm. And all for free.
Extra stuff you might like to know about Joanne Tremarco:
She is part of FoolSize Theatre, along with Christopher Murray.
She won the 2016 MDO/Physical Fest Bursary Award. The result – Death Wife – was a tremendous piece of heartbreaking, exhilarating theatre. It was performed at Fest Live (Liverpool, May 2016).
She also got a grant from Liverpool Light Night to develop street show Flock.
FoolSize Theatre website for Woman Who Wank
She was also part of The Fig Leaf Wars – where a vulva and a penis meet on the street and try to understand each other.