BATS Theatre, Studio, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

18/05/2021 - 22/05/2021

NZ International Comedy Festival 2021

Production Details

Cardigan Faget is a wry and silly exploration of life on the margins of mental health, gender and sexuality. The show chronicles Jadwiga’s experience of entering the stand-up comedy scene the same week she was discharged from a psychiatric hospital.

If you’re daunted by watching straight white men tell the same jokes about their wives and kids, this show offers a refreshing reprieve. And hey, at the end of the day, ya gotta laugh.

Winner – Raw Comedy Quest 2020
Best Emerging Artist nominee 2019, New Zealand Fringe Festival
Winner – Best Newcomer 2018, Wellington Comedy Awards

BATS theatre, The Studio 
18 – 22 May 2021
The Difference $40
Full Price $22
Group 6+ $20
Cheap Wednesday $18
Concession Price $18 

Access to The Studio is via stairs, so please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS. 

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Theatre , Stand-up comedy ,

1 hr

Refreshing, rejuvenating, breaks the comedic mold

Review by Francesca Brice 21st May 2021

Jadwiga Green performs to us at the very top of the BATS Tower, the Studio. She walks in and immediately captures this small stage, makes it her own – myself and the audience with it.  There is a screen on stage that flicks through various slides as her story progresses. Unfortunately the spot lights are aimed at the ground so we miss the facial expressions of this clever comedian.

I perceive a little opening nervousness as she shares her story of becoming and being part of the Trans Community, with wonderful insightful moments of intelligent humor. Mental health could be an uncomfortable subject but Jadwiga takes our hand and makes us laugh through stories that have been painful and heart breaking.  

We feel what she’s come through and there’s a solidarity imparted through the audience. She gifts that to us. There’s an easy intimacy circulating the room.

Jadwiga describes being pan-sexual living in Wellington, with impressions of how to spot gays in other cities via their dress codes.  The accuracy of these descriptions have us nearly rocking the Studio. There’s also something endearing about how she puts this together, weaving her own experiences throughout, extracting the humor in a clever and heartfelt way. We can’t deny this honesty. 

A serious and impassioned talk on the stereotypical ideology expressed by straight men towards the LGBTQ communities leads Jadwiga to a showcasing of vintage, colonial, straight-couple styles that go hand in hand with white privilege. It’s hysterically funny and right on the nail. 

Jadwiga moves to body image, sizing in relation to sexuality, her own personal ‘industrial’ size peppered with the Jacinda effect and what it’s like to go through reconstructive surgery. Can’t hold back my imagination on that one but no spoiler alerts from me. You have to go yourself!

Was it really that easy coming out to parents, I wonder, as we share more laughter?

Then, on the subject of satisfying men, she returns to honest dialogue about sexuality in life – and again, there’s that fine balance of serious humor that Jadwiga has mastered.

I believe I’m with the audience in thinking how much we love her breaking the comedic mold.

Jadwiga’s brand of stand-up comedy makes room for the truth. She’s refreshing and rejuvenating. I come away admiring what a strong feminist she is, her voice leads change and what better way to stir the masses than with humor. 


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