Stick it to Stigma: ForniKATEtress
As part of the Stick it to Stigma festival at The Canvas, multi-award winning Kate Smurthwaite brings her one-woman show to The Canvas.
ForniKATEtress by Kate Smurthwaite
Sex, sex, sex and the most complicated Google calendar you’ve ever seen!
Multi-award winning comedian and TV and radio regular Kate Smurthwaite has been polyamorous* for many years but she’s never talked about it on stage before.
Her new one-woman show, which received 4- and 5-star reviews when it opened at the Edinburgh Fringe, does just that. It’s her most revealing and personal show to date.
Kate says “On the one hand this is the easiest show I’ve ever written because it’s completely true. I haven’t had to make anything up. On the other hand it’s so personal. Every night I find myself thinking ‘am I really going to tell strangers THIS?!’”
* In an open relationship. Actually about ten open relationships. Or to put it more formally: a practitioner of ethical non-monogamy.
This is Kate’s 12th solo show. She has appeared on over 1,000 TV and radio shows including Question Time, The Big Questions, The Moral Maze and This Morning. She was a 2013 ThreeWeeks Editors’ Choice award winner at the Edinburgh Fringe (where they referred to her as a 'Fringe Institution') and is a writer for the UK’s most popular political comedy show Have I Got News For You? and BBC3’s BAFTA-winning The Revolution Will Be Televised. She writes a regular humourous column for New Internationalist magazine and has also been published in The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan and Stylist. and has even ‘gone viral’ in a YouTube video clip titled “atheist bitchslap”, taken from a UK debate show.
John Cleese describes her as “fun, energetic and full of ideas”.
Reviewing the show itself British magazine The Spectator described her as "One of the wittiest gun-slingers I’ve ever seen on stage”
Meanwhile the Morning Star newspaper said "There are no airs or graces about Kate Smurthwaite…she is gloriously mobile as she stalks the stage, mind and mouth effortlessly working in a whirlwind of ideas and joke lines."