I hadn’t heard of Empower Her Voice until two weeks ago, when I offered to review their comedy festival, but I certainly won’t be forgetting them any time soon.
The comedy festival felt like a very short three hours (compared to the three-hour-long eternity of an exam), and consisted of stand-up comedy from some very talented, and refreshingly diverse, self-identifying women. What I really loved was that each act only spent a relatively short time on stage, which ensured that there was something to suit everyone’s taste. There was no lag in material or energy, and, more often than not, each act left on a high.
Each woman brought her own unique style and sense of humour to the stage, but also, just as importantly, her own experiences. And I don’t just mean her experiences about being a woman, whatever that means, but about everything imaginable, from sibling rivalry to the Piers Gaveston ball, from teenage fan-fiction to Gucci hijabs, and from living with a disability to coming out to your family. These women certainly showed that they have a voice, and that it deserves to be heard.
What made this comedy festival really special, however, was that all the money raised has gone towards funding the education of young Pakistani girls. So even if not every act was quite to our taste, our evenings certainly weren’t wasted. I normally like to end a good review by encouraging people to buy tickets, but, since this comedy festival was a one-off event, I will instead urge you to take a look at Empower Her Voice’s website (http://www.empowerhervoice.org), and see if there are other ways you feel able to support their amazing work.