Review: Scenes With Girls, Royal Court - intelligent, fresh and funny, I want more theatre like this please
I want to see more plays like Scenes With Girls. While women talking about sex and talking about liking sex, isn't as unusual as it once was, what I particularly enjoyed about Miriam Battye's play is how it moves the discussion into the context of feminism.
Tosh (Tanya Reynolds) and Lou (Rebekah Murrell) are best friends. While boyfriends and other friends have come and gone their friendship has endured.
They are feminists, eschewing conventional stereotypes of what women should and shouldn't do.
For Lou, this means subverting what she sees as society's prescribed narrative of women needing to be in a relationship.
Badge of honour
She is determined to create a new narrative, enjoying sex but nothing more. She sees the increasing number of sexual partners she's had as a badge of honour.
Tosh meanwhile hasn't had sex for a long time.
When their old friend Fran (Letty Thomas) turns up engaged to her 'boring' boyfriend it seems to confirm everything they believe about the 'female narrative'.
But in dissecting Fran's relationship and everything they perceived to be wrong about it, it challenges their principles and exposes cracks in their friendship.