Review by Allison Birt
If you, like me, love feminism, The Kardashians and LOLs then Glitter Room is for you. Katherine Ryan is a comedian and presenter originally from Canada, you might have seen her on your telly on shows such as 8 out of 10 Cats and Mock the Week. Her style of comedy is like no other comedian out there and for that reason her set is extremely refreshing to watch. Her commentary on politics, popular culture and being a single mum is funny from start to finish and flows brilliantly from one segment to the next.
The set itself felt more like a conversation with a friend than being sat in a theatre watching one woman talk about her life on stage. Ryan’s ability to make the audience feel at ease and have them hooked and waiting for joke after joke was commendable. However, if you’re someone who doesn’t like being interacted with note that you shouldn’t sit in the front row because she will strike up a conversation (or a debate depending upon what you have to say about The Kardashians). My favourite moments in Glitter Room was when Katherine was improvising and interacting with the audience because she demonstrated her wit and ability to control a room perfectly.
Ryan’s self-awareness and confidence was empowering to watch, and her unapologetic individuality is great to see on stage, as she captures the view of modern society from a feminist perspective, which is not something widely explored in mainstream comedy. That being said, if you don’t like swearing or risqué jokes then Katherine Ryan’s comedy might not be for you.
I’d recommend going to see this show with a group of your mates who are single (lots of the set revolves around being over relationships in general, so I’d stay away from this show as a date night option!) and get ready to be blown away by Ryan’s stage presence and shockingly hilarious routine.