Presented under the Old 505’s FreshworksFEMME banner, writer Georgie Adamson’s playful show draws on the tropes of commercial TV to satirise the delivery of reproductive and sexual health treatment.
Tonight’s contestants on this voyeuristic smash-hit game show are married mother-of-two Michelle, serial arts-law student Lila, a nun named Mary and trans male Tom.
Each is hoping to have a procedure – an IUD fitted, an abortion, hormone replacement therapy, an STI check (but who gets what?) – but in order to do so, they have to compete for points, the awarding of which appears entirely arbitrary.
And of course, everything takes place in front of a live studio audience and winner takes all.
Maybe the title nods to Brian Clark’s early 70s West End hit Whose Life is it Anyway? but this isn’t your well-made play. If anything, Whose Uterus feels like an extended medical school revue sketch. Despite back-story episodes, Adamson’s characters remain two-dimensional while the situation they find themselves in spirals absurdly out of control. Climax is achieved with the drawing of a pistol.
That said, director Eve Beck’s production is played high and bright and very capably. Toby Blome plays the game show host to the hilt and a series of male characters in the lives of the contestants.
Annie Stafford is sharp as Lila, the student who has learned how to weaponise her wokeness. Alexandra Morgan is very good as the nervy nun on the verge of a full-blown sexual relationship. Chelsea Needham brings feeling to the role of a deeply unhappy, alcoholic mum, and Finn Murphy brings a mischievous edge to proceedings as Tom.