Two Girls One Show brings together two debut performers for a night of cabaret and conspiracy.
In a cross-section of millennial interests, Jenna Ray and Harriet Jane offer two takes on entertainment in an unusual double bill pairing.
Ray makes her solo comedy debut with a silly, sexy cabaret for the internet generation.
Opening with a bed-making turned striptease, she sets us up for her off-centre but very relatable style of humour. Mixing originals with classic pop songs, Ray’s powerful voice holds the show together as she reveals the foibles of her love life and career trajectory, hoping to find some commiseration in the audience.
And the audience is very involved in this performance, including a cringingly funny group effort to get her dressed for a less-than-climactic burlesque number.
Ray demonstrates a practised control of the audience and her performance as she transitions between songs with asides on the state of online dating culture and wanting more for your life than the rest of the world thinks you deserve. The show has a solid through-line and excellent song choices to show off the performer’s talent and keep the audience on-board with a narrative.
Harriet Jane follows with a real-life conspiracy theory debunking.
You’ve probably stumbled across flat Earth theories online, but Harriet has done all the hard work and deep-dived into the unsavoury underbelly of online conspiracy communities to find common denominations and attempt to decode what’s really going on.
She poses a compelling argument combining scientific fact and anti-racism with some handy charts to thoroughly disprove any inclination the audience may have had towards flat Earth.
It’s an interesting and relevant topic, but an odd choice for a performance, delivered more like a lecture than a comedy set. There’s also really no excuse for disrespecting your audience with unprepared material.
But taken together, however, the two performances are a good-time blend of funny, sexy, and ironic that perfectly suits anyone who grew up with the internet as a coping mechanism.