Susan Calman - The Last Woman on Earth

Review by Rebecca Gordon | 16 Aug 2009

Loosely based on a heckle, Susan Calman’s The Last Woman on Earth proposes the world’s demise, leaving inmates of Underbelly’s cavernous Belly Laugh as the only remaining survivors. Reading from her ‘De Agostini Guide to the End of the World’, the ex-lawyer threads a partially make-believe set around post-apocalyptic tips, although the bulk of the performance consists of tenuously linked chestnuts from her own life. The offerings of clichéd observations on sexual stereotyping and swine flu emanate a kind of twee safeness. Concluding in a disorganised fashion, Calman’s set tapers off without a bang, despite a number of overly-zealous audience members.

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