Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 19th June 2021
Melbourne comedian Selina Jenkins brings her award winning show Boobs to Adelaide this month. In Florida in 2012, Jenkins underwent major elective surgery. Through Boobs, she creates a safe space where she recounts her trailblazing journey – including moments of discrimination, vulnerability, and buck-wild humour.
Jenkins uses a mixture of musical comedy, monologues, and stand-up in Boobs, jumping back and forth between them so her story never feels stale. She explores the absurdity of “pink and blue” gender polarity. She discusses out-dated taboos through original song: “Women’s’ nipples, what did they do to you?”
Her honesty and dry sense of humour is irresistible. Her original songs are thought provoking and catchy, as the audience is prompted to sing along, “take the tit out of identity.” Jenkins’ musicality should not be overlooked, as her guitar and singing voice are beautiful, even when addressing difficult subjects.
Boobs is a full body experience: at once eye-opening, knee-slapping, and tear-jerking. It should be required viewing for anyone with nipples and a sense of humour.
Reviewed by Nicola Woolford
Venue: Quartet Bar
Season: 18th – 20th June
Duration: 60 minutes
Rating out of 5: 5