Flossy & Boo: The Alternativity

Christmas is all go, the shops are rammed, the decorations are up and an evening in a pub theatre is right up there on my list of festive musts this year. Flossy and Boo are The Other Room’s Christmas offering for this year and I dare you to go along and not leave with a grin on your face…

When asked to do a Christmas play, there is one main issue for the gleeful duo… they have no idea what Christmas is… or what a play is for that matter! So a period of research and development ensues, as the two have discovered that this is essential for any play, with your festive favourites and a few unexpected treats thrown in along the way in the build up to the nativity.

Flossy and Boo work incredibly well together as they rattle through their Christmas findings, reminding us of the downsides to the festive period from hangovers to commercialism to family arguments, whilst also riskily but cleverly allowing the audience to steer the order of their antics and sketches. The real gems of the piece are the musical interludes, as the talented duo switch from ukuleles to keyboards, as they sing about those round robin greeting cards which tell of boosted achievements, and lonely train journeys searching for love.

With some help from technician Bethan a long the way, everyone is welcomed in to Flossy and Boo’s version of Christmas as if they were long lost relatives, with songs, sprouts and party hats galore… what more could you wish for? A pure festive treat: this is an alternativity which will have you singing along, secretly nodding in agreement and cackling with laughter as the two prove Christmas cabaret is where it’s at.

Flossy and Boo (with a y and a double oo): The Alternativity plays at the Other Room until December 23rd.

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Katie Brennan’s Quarter Life Crisis

It would seem to be that the thing to do in your mid 20s is to binge watch Netflix, scroll through tinder and question all your life choices whilst wearing the same thing you wore when you were 7 years old. Katie Brennan’s show is proof of this as she sings and jokes her way through her Quarter Life crisis in a cabaret, comedy show at Underbelly this summer.

Katie moved to London after university and had big plans and big ideas, but due to high rent prices, a poor job market and a lot of bad sex, her life hasn’t turned out quite how she planned it! Featuring a poptastic medley of 90s songs as well as some hilarious songs, including Bad Bridesmaid and a disguised rant at Carrie Bradshaw, we are invited to emphasise and understand the ups and downs of life in your 20s in a wonderful glittery fashion. 

Not all smiles and gin, Katie also opens up about the anxiety she faced and gives out her tips about self care and treasuring those close friends who look after you. Joined on stage by her friend and pianist, the two have the audience totally on side and this is a great slice of relatable comedy. 

A brilliantly charming production from Katie Brennan which will leave your face aching from laughter, a pang of self belief and a sense that you’re not the only one who struggles with adulting at times! 

Katie Brennan’s Quarter Life Crisis | Underbelly | 22:45