The FEMS: a garish explosion of flamingo monsters who come to party, to play and to destroy toxic masculinity.
This flock of glittering outcasts, fresh from the sequinned swamp, present a kamikaze cabaret and monstrous melodrama. THE FEMS – terrifying embodiments of femininity – take us on a glittering tour to show that “sometimes it’s hard to be a Fem” – but the alternative is even grimmer.
A parent seeking advice from a minister about his effeminate son, a bacchanal Women’s Institute meeting and a text from a ‘neomasculinity’ blog: THE FEMS skewer hypocrisies and hate with series of blasphemous and boisterous sketches – while probing themselves and their audience for their own femphobia.
THE FEMS (which are “Fem”, “Femme” or any derivation that fills the glittering space between the poles of perceived gender) are a bouffon chorus of unashamedly evil clowns. They combine the skills of our collective (spanning performance artists to musical theatre), the fun and fierceness of our strange play, and the topical relevance of a world of bathroom policing and gendered Lego.
A singular riotous, vicious, silly choral piece musing on masc vs. fem culture and the systems that keep this perfidious framework in place.
“Exciting, interesting, daring, mad, bonkers, touching, and really bloody brilliant” – Joe Boylan, Barrel Organ
"“They are surreal and embody a playfulness that is not often seen in theatre at the moment” Natasha Sutton Williams, Working Birthday Theatre
"The Fems celebrates and discusses the complexities of femininity without risking exclusivity. Every member of the audience is included and entertained, and The Fems strong message of support and openness never risks preaching, always maintaining the balance between entertainment and activism. A hilarious and thought-provoking evening for anyone and everyone, The Fems bring us into a ‘living breathing organism of playful theatrical wonder’, bringing the Theatre of the Bouffon new relevance and importance in which the ‘others’ parody the ‘self’, the excluded deconstruct the included, in the grotesquely wonderful world of Fem." **** Spy In The Stalls
NEXT PERFORMANCE OF THE FEMS:
29th May, LONDON CLOWN FESTIVAL, Mirth Marvel and Maud, Walthamstow
Hackney Attic Theatre Festival
Come As You Are Festival: Camden Peoples Theatre
Let's Talk About Chemsex: Ku Bar
LIVE1: Camden Peoples Theatre
Bar Wotever: Royal Vauxhall Tavern
The Chelsea Theatre
The Rosemary Branch Theatre
Bring the FEMS to you!
The Fems is a 65 minute theatre show- a kamikaze cabaret mixed with malodorous melodrama- which is currently looking for spaces to bring our own corner of the swamp to. From lo-fi cabaret bars to studio theatres we have filled them all, and would happily bring the flamingos to the Albert Hall.
To book the show please contact Jonathan on