Rhiannon McCall EAT SLAY LOVE
BATS Theatre, Studio, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington
15/05/2019 - 18/05/2019
NZ International Comedy Festival 2019
Do you want to live a happier healthier life? Dr Rhirhi is serving you the REAL tips that ACTUALLY WORK!
Recently divorced Ponsonby Mum turned lifestyle guru Dr Rhirhi (Rhiannon McCall) is bringing her self-help show Eat Slay Love to Wellington to teach you how to lead a happier, healthier life. Delete your mindfulness apps and throw out your keto cookbooks ladies because Dr Rhirhi is serving you REAL tips that ACTUALLY WORK!
As seen on Jono and Ben, Funny Girls, and Snort.
BATS Theatre The Studio
15 – 18 May 2019
Friday & Saturday $18
Full Price $18
Concession Price $15
Wednesday & Thursday $15
Full Price $15
*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.
Theatre , Solo , Comedy ,
Cringe, one-liners, slapstick humour – and Momosas
Review by Ines Maria Almeida 16th May 2019
Recently divorced Ponsonby Mum turned lifestyle guru Dr Rhirhi (Rhiannon McCall) brings her self-help comedy show Eat Slay Love to Welly to teach audiences how to lead a happier, healthier life. Those mindfulness apps you have gathering virtual dust can finally be deleted.
Dr Rhirhi serves up real tips that might actually work, even if the delivery of them is a bit OTT. That might be the point though. Starting off with jarring, horrendous dance music that will bring you back to a Wednesday night on Courtney Place in the early 00s, and heading into a video montage of Dr Rhirhi as an author, yogi, and foodie (with a shout-out to the one time she slept with a hot news reader), McCall knows how to create an unlovable character. Is the hot news reader thing true? Who knows – she doesn’t mention him again in the skit, but after watching Kura Forrester divulge her Sonny Bill secrets the night before, anything is possible.
Dr Rhirhi is an overly happy yet deeply depressed alcoholic who likens herself to Michelle Obama. She lays out her insecurities while she touts a flavour of self-love that cracks you up and makes you feel ill at the same time. My date and I sit in the back, and man can her voice project. The lady next to us can’t get into the enthusiastic (to say the least) performance, but many others are in hysterics, particularly the bearded dudes up the front who she hits on during the first part of the show.
Openly talking about her emotional breakdowns but peppering these lows by mirror dancing to Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Love Myself’, there are points in the show that leave you wondering whether or not to laugh or run up and give the poor woman a hug. Nick from the audience gets chosen to go up and say a few words about her Instagram dog, Snowy – so if you’re up for audience participation, sit closer to the front. At one point she has us all singing Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears in Heaven’ – I don’t normally join in, but you feel so sorry for her that you just have to sing along.
Cringe, one-liners and slapstick humour … After Dr Rhirhi’s fourth Mimosa I am ready to go home to my quiet house, so luckily the show is shorter than your average comedy show. I leave wondering how she could go so hard on stage for so long; her level of energy is off the scales. Does she slay? Best you go and find out yourself.
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