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(June 2015)


Last night, I had the pleasure of watching “Femmetamorphosis” at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham, before its departure to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Femmetamorphosis is presented by the Elicit Theatre Company and written by London born Actress, Writer and Model Sharron Spice. This is Sharron’s second play (first as an adult), and she was inspired to “break the mould” after feeling exasperated regarding the usual clichéd roles offered to black actresses.

In all honesty, my mind was a blank canvas upon my approach to the theatre. I was readily trying to consider what types of escapades could possibly materialise during a lingerie party. The stage was an intimate setting, with a warming fireplace, and an abundance of alcohol. The lights dimmed, and I heard the musical introduction of The Verve’s, Bitter Sweet Symphony. This was then delightfully mixed with a cool reggae beat. Hmmmm… this had me intrigued and I was instantly hooked.

The comedic stage drama highlights the aspects of transformation amongst several women during a lingerie party. The attendees are each diverse and would not typically cross paths if not for the sexy soiree being the catalyst. I asked each of the cast, if Femmetamorphosis was to be defined in a Collins dictionary, what would it be, and their amalgamation of answers were…

“The change of one or more people (usually women) that then bond and unite the individuals to become a stronger unit”

I could not have put it any better, and the title truly encapsulates the story. The characters encompass a familiarity to friends and family I know, that had me tittering to myself. It created a great sense of relativity yet indirect acquaintance, which evoked many fond memories. I left the theatre feeling a genuine yearning for more, which is a testament to Sharron and the cast’s performance. The cast members Kofi Sampaney, Ruta Gaile, Keshia Watson, Lucille Johnson, Louise Salter, Jade Rambaut and Sharron Spice, electrified the stage with their performances.

The humour was first class, and captured the spirit of programmes such as The Real McCoy, Gimme Gimme Gimme, and Absolutely Fabulous. Each of these nostalgic shows, were integral to Sharron’s comedic prowess in Femmetamorphosis.The absence of this type of comedy is painfully obvious in prime time television, and the lack of diversity is an injustice. Femmetamorphosis is a humorous and energetic platform to debunk stereotypes, and to endorse sisterhood and unity regardless of the differences we encompass.

The next stop after the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, definitely needs to be the West End, though Sharron indicated, that she would love to create a web series continuing from the play…Happy Days! Sharron is a truly gifted comedic writer, but her talents do not end there. Sharron will be releasing a book named “Kruella” which is based on her childhood, and due to be released in October 2015.

Femmetamorphosis will be showcasing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival between the 6th – 31st August. In October, there will be 3 days in Enfield, so I encourage you to go and see this production should you have the chance.





Elicit Theatre Company

Femmetamorphosis

Femmetamorphosis @spotlites @edfringe




Thurs 6th - Mon 31st Aug

8.30pm (1 hour)

From England

A lingerie party is arranged with a group of women from different walks of life.

Add some sexy lingerie, a mix of Caribbean rum punch, some zany characters and a make-over and you have all the ingredients of a very funny and emotional comedy.

Femmetamorphosis is the gradual change throughout the play of attitudes, friendships and a make-over in order help a young woman raise her self-esteem and confidence, with some laughs involved.

Femmetamorphosis is a new comedy written, directed and performed by Sharron Spice with the Elicit Theatre Company.





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