BATS Theatre, The Random Stage, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

26/04/2019 - 04/05/2019

Production Details

The Femme Natale gaggle is back and it’s beautiful!  

An ALL NEW sketch comedy show on Parenthood. 

The team who brought you the hit show Femme Natale returns with a brand-spanking new set of skits, songs and general antics.

Femme Natale 2 is a fresh, entertaining take on parenting, particularly motherhood, coming to BATS theatre this April. Directed by Fingal Pollock, this is a play on motherhood like no other.

So round up your girlfriends and partners, grab a drink and come and revel in the ordinary and yet totally extraordinary experiences of parenthood. You can celebrate and commiserate with fellow parents – each one of us striving and thriving in the hardest job we’ll ever do!

Praise for Femme Natale
“So funny, my face hurt from laughing. A must see” Emily Writes
“Fully evolved, clever – funny” Pinky Agnew
“Thoroughly enjoyed it” Dame Kate Harcourt
“Everyone should see this show” John Smythe

Fingal herself has two young children. She also has a successful acting and directing career including working with Clown Doctors New Zealand, Little Dog Barking Theatre Company and Hens’ Teeth since becoming a parent. Other cast members include multi-award winning playwright, filmmaker and actress of TV’s McPhail and Gadsby fame, April Phillips, A Smidge of Pidge star Sherilee Kahui and other acclaimed performers Tracey Savage, Jeremy Nelson and Esther Lewis.

Random Stage, BATS Theatre, Wellington
26th April – 4th May 2019
4th of May Babes in Arms Matinee, 2pm
Tickets: $20 full, $15 concession, $14 groups of 6+
Bookings: www.bats.co.nz

Theatre , Sketch ,

1 hr

A fun ‘quickie’ for date deprived parents

Review by John Anderson 27th Apr 2019

Femme Natale 2 is a skit show playing at BATS Theatre in Wellington finding a way through parenting with humour. I am struck by the range of ages in the audience, and throughout the show there are hoots of laughter and groans of recognition.

Skit shows almost by their very nature will have the odd items that miss their mark in one way or the other but this show had more than I would have expected, particularly the ‘rap’ song ‘Home D’ about the ‘reverse’ sexism of stay at home Dads. This item is stylistically naive and weak.

For me though, the show is carried by a trifecta of winning skits that are worth the price of admission. ‘The Session’ performed by April Phillips and Tracy Savage is witty with honest bite. ‘Labia Who Sauna’ is neatly observed comedy in outrageously funny costumes. And there is the wonderfully awkward comic exchange between April Phillips and Jeremy Nelson in ‘Re-Kindling the Flame’: a skit during which we overheard murmurs of “too much truth” from an audience member nearby.

Special mention should also go to The Shanitary (Shirley Domb) and Swoonie-Moonie (Fingal Pollock) as two stagehands engaged in an age-old struggle of comedic one-upmanship. They really help the show flow.

The show finishes with the gentle triumph of ‘Out the Other Side’ with lyrics written by Fingal Pollock, performed by the whole cast. It is a fitting end to the night.

At just over an hour the whole show is a fun ‘quickie’ for date-deprived parents – there is even time for dessert.


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