Brynley Stent – Frigid

BATS Theatre, The Stage, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

16/05/2023 - 20/05/2023

NZ International Comedy Festival 2023

Production Details

Reigning Billy T Award winner Brynley Stent brings her newest solo sketch hour to the NZ Comedy Festival.

After the breakup of her long-term relationship, Brynley gave herself a year to have a wild time and generate some steamy content for her comedy show… instead she made a show about being Frigid.

Prepare for a raucous hour of absurdist sketch comedy from New Zealand’s least sexually active comedian.

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Price: $20 – $25
Time: 8.30PM

Comedian – Brynley Stent

Comedy , Theatre , Stand-up comedy , Solo ,

55 minutes

True or not, frigid or not, we laugh, enjoy and relate 

Review by Margaret Austin 17th May 2023

Is FRIGID an appealing title? Do we relate to it? Apparently yes, given the size of last night’s audience at BATS Stage.

I’m not sure why 30-something performer Brynley Stent should relate to it. She’s going to tell us evidently. It’s an R16 rated show, and we’re to expect sexual content and coarse language. That just sounds like hopefully promotional stuff, but we’ll see.

Her first appearance is in stripper gear and sure enough she’s offering Dave a birthday show. Three raunchy numbers and she disappears – to replace that image with a surprisingly toned-down T-shirt and jeans. Ah, but her T-shirt features Disney cartoon animals. Clue?

We’re going to get sketches, characters and stories she says, and we do. Stent is intent on exploring the reasons for her self-confessed frigidity – a cross she’s had to bear since early high school days. Cats enter the conversation and her comparison of her own sexuality with that of a feline is nicely wry. More pointedly, so is a blind date gone wrong, with a muffled male voice in frustrating contrast with our female’s unashamed demands for the sexual satisfaction she thought she was in for.

She blames her avowedly frigid state on upbringing. Tits become breasts become bosoms she observes. There’s a clever song about birthday money lingerie. And then we get to the animals of her youth – cartoon ones that have seemingly become sexual icons: see T-shirt – culminating in ‘Fantasia’ and of course ‘Cats’.

She reckons she was a cause celebre at school nevertheless, until news of a friend beating her to menstruation spells the end of that. Dolly magazine, D cup sizes and dates behind the bike shed all get their parts to play. Talking of parts, Stent got plenty at Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School after which she managed eight (more) years of sex. Gay men pop in and out metaphorically speaking, and she’s back with one again. 30ish, shackled and single she moans. There’s a raunchy concluding song we join her in. True or not, frigid or not, we laugh, we enjoy, and we relate.


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