Holly Morgan: Is a Witch. Get Her! , Gilded Balloon Teviot, Billiard
What Is It?
Holly Morgan, a total witch, takes us through the history of witchcraft, with music and some bang on impressions.
What Is It All About?
Holly Morgan is a witch. She has known it since she was in school and was called "a manipulative little witch". But what makes a witch exactly?
Holly, with the assistance of her black cat (her husband Tom in a catsuit) takes the audience on a journey through the history of witches, from the first "witch" to the more recent pop culture witches we know so well (Hocus Pocus, The Witches) . What is interesting, is that witchcraft has always been about the witch hunt, and Morgan examines the various texts that were written to describe witches (basically any woman who didn't conform or do exactly as they were told), and the horrific nature of the treatment of witches (women and minorities) are brought to light.
After a trip to Salem (their honeymoon) Morgan is baffled by the strange way that these witch hunts have become a thing to profit from, a tourist trap, as if the women who lost their lives weren't women at all.
Morgan is a brilliant comedian and keeps things light, along with some fantastic mimicry and music that keeps the show flowing perfectly.
How Did It Make Me Feel?
This show shifts and sneaks up on you when you do not expect it at all. What feels like a light stand up comedy show soon morphs into a tragic tale of the horrific nature of the witch hunts across the world, another way for women to remain scared and have their fates sealed at the hands of men.
Holly and Tom are a lovely team onstage, and their banter is warm and enjoyable, never making the audience feel alienated or excluded.
Vocally, Morgan is absolute dynamite. Pipes that open and close the show with power, although in different ways, this show is a showcase of her skill.
Her impressions are also hilarious and scarily accurate, as we hear from Bette Midler (and the rest of the Hocus Pocus three) as well as Amy Winehouse, Gwen Stefani and a huge list to close the show.
The piece is a perfect balance of comedy and serious content, that leaves the audience empowered, and feeling a sense of change for the future.
Holly Morgan: Is a Witch. Get Her! is the perfect late night fringe show. A cheeky nightcap for anyone feeling especially witchy. Don't miss it!
Holly Morgan: Is a Witch. Get Her! is playing at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Billiard Room, until the 26th August 2019.
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