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Does My Fanny Look Big in This? – Edinburgh Fringe

Sex education, for Ellie Blackburn, was negligible and baffling, so given the opportunity in adulthood to teach ‘sex ed’ to pupils, she relished the opportunity to provide real answers to real questions. The pupils’ questions, voiced convincingly by ‘Miss Blackburn’, were very varied, and a common theme emerges – like patients who present their own ‘Dr Google’ findings to their GP, children are just as susceptible as adults to looking things up online, and there are, as one might reasonably expect, substantial differences between what certain internet sites say about the human body and what actually happens. A comedy element runs throughout the show, although there is, rightly, serious concern about what people – good people, in many cases – are led to believe.

Does My Fanny Look Big in This?Aside from classroom discussions, there’s a subplot about whether previous bedroom encounters were consensual (she’s sure she didn’t say ‘No’, but that isn’t exactly the same as definitively saying ‘Yes’), and in one particularly disturbing monologue she talks about resisting “the urge to be dead”, but it isn’t long before the hilarity resumes, the flipside argument being that mental wellbeing could perhaps have been given more prominence in the show. A smattering of audience participation (no, not a pants-down demonstration of, well, anything) gave some front-row patrons an opportunity to shine.

Blackburn has a clear and engaging delivery style, and extensive use is made of an inflatable sex doll. The audience is at ease throughout, and it’s difficult to push back against the underlying message that sexual matters shouldn’t be taboo or brushed under the carpet. With much hearty laughter, rather than nervous giggling, this is a delightful and fascinating production.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Does My Fanny Look Big in This? Tackles sex education, validates sexual anxiety, and deals with sexual trauma while answering questions you’ve always been a little too embarrassed to ask. Let’s explore the sexual world through spoken word, uncomfortable noises, an inflatable sex doll, (bad) singing, anxiety and a limerick.

Created and performed by Eleanor May Blackburn
Visual Art by Ciara Rose Sims
Directorial Support by Grace Gummers
Technical Support by Charlie Lovejoy

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