Mary Bourke is on a Muffragette mission at FRINGE WORLD!
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Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00
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With a career that’s seen her take on a number of targets, from marital sex to fairtrade food and blogging mums, perhaps it’s not surprising that Dublin-born comedian Mary Bourke is using her Fringe Festival show this month to address the pertinent topic of feminism.

Muffragette, which premiered at Northbridge’s Noodle Palace on February 11, has been an acclaimed feature on the festival circuit for the last two years, with Burke exploring issues of body image, pornography, and social media with her usual sharp wit.


“When I wrote it back in 2013, there were a lot of women doing shows about feminism, because there was an aspect of sexism in comedy at the time – a lot of rape jokes, that sort of thing,” she said.

“We all got quite frustrated with it, and there ended up being quite a few shows that tackled the issue in response to that.

“Since then, the atmosphere’s got a lot better, and there seem to be a few more women on the circuit anyway.”

She added that one of the benefits of doing festival gigs was the fact that the audience usually knew in advance what comedians might talk about, and were drawn to the show for that reason.

“People often have a good idea about what you’re going to do – so they know that this one’s going to be about feminism.

“It’s really important, I think, to just get up there and talk about the stuff you’re interested in – once the audience knows you don’t care, they don’t owe you anything.”

Bourke’s own willingness to riff comfortably on a number of topics is what has gained her popularity at the Edinburgh Festival and London’s famed Fortnight Club, after starting her career with a comedy course.

She said it was interesting to watch how the numbers of women involved in comedy changed from the development stage through to full-time work.

“Only about ten percent of the people making a living in this world are women,” she said.

“At the start, at workshops, it’s about fifty-fifty, but then something changes.”

Still, she added that there were a number of ballsy and clever women gaining attention in the field, such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer.

“I was also really lucky to do a show with Joan Rivers before she died, and that was an amazing experience,” she said.

Looking ahead, Bourke is taking on something completely different, with a show on the world of hip-hop.

“I’m writing this show at the moment – it’s called the Notorious Mary Bourke, and it will be opening at Edinburgh in August,” she said.

Muffragette runs from Friday 13s to Saturday 21st of February at a variety of venues, including Northbridge, Fremantle and Midland.

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FRI 13 FEB | 8:00PM

SAT 14 FEB | 8:00PM

WED 18 FEB | 9:20PM

THURS 19 FEB | 9:20PM

FRI 20 FEB | 9:20PM

SAT 21 FEB | 9:20PM

THURS 19 FEB | 7:30PM
FRI 20 FEB | 6:00PM
| 6:00PM

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 February 2015 04:10 )