Isabella Broccolini wows as the Red Lady in Get Her Outta Here – an absurdist comedy exploring female identity. Josephine Balfour-Oatts reviews:

As the Red Lady, Isabella Broccolini is clad head-to-toe in scarlet, a walking symbol of strength and passion. Laying face-first inside the mouth of a suitcase – not quite coming, not quite going – she is totally comatose. Get Her Outta Here starts with a climax. Two in fact.

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Isabella Broccolini

Broccolini is effortlessly chic. Her long, graceful fingers and expressive face allow her to morph into a variety of characters – a gentleman in the biscuit isle of her local Sainsbury’s, or that stranger she had intercourse with in the park.

She doesn’t shy away from erotic images either, particularly those concerning female pleasure. Masturbation and/ or enjoyment of penetrative sex features heavily, although Get Her Outta Here is not lewd. On the contrary, the action is intoxicating – magnetic, even, a championing of womanhood in a wonderfully absurd but clever manner.

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Isabella Broccolini

Get Her Outta Here also touches on more recognisable traits attributed to the female sex, such as chronic people-pleasing and the notion of hysteria. This is powerful, especially when juxtaposed with an episode featuring spangled nipple tassels. Broccolini’s performance is reminiscent of Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted. So unique is her stagecraft that it treads that same, vertiginous line linking time and space. The Red Lady remains strong throughout due to Broccolini’s uncanny ability to shift across emotions at the drop of a hat – each one is as intense as the scarlet palette pulsating onstage.

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Isabella Broccolini

Broccolini also takes ownership of derogatory terms – ‘The C-Word’ being her favourite.

“Cunt, cunt, cunt”.

she breathes, clad in an elegant gown and satin kimono. And with final meditations on technology, climate change and patriarchal control over the female body, Get Her Outta Here covers a substantial amount of ground in 40 minutes.

Isabella Broccolini

Get Her Outta Here is rooted in an exploration of female identity. Its conclusion does feel premature, though perhaps this is because Broccolini is a storytelling machine of the highest calibre. It would be insane for her audience not to want more.

★★★★☆

Get Her Outta Here is now playing at Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre until 25 August 2019. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the festival website.