“Am I bad a feminist for dancing to this track?” – An interview with Tessa Waters

4 years ago
Stacey Waters

The recipe or creating a kick-ass cabaret style, feminism charged and Moosehead Award winning show? Great friends and a whole heap of bloody marys apparently. Pop Culture-y’s Stacey Waters was able to have a chat with Tessa Waters abut her upcoming Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows and how they share a clearly superior last name.

The Fringe Wives Club is made up of Tessa Waters, Rowena Hutson and Victoria Falconer-Pritchard came about after years of friendship. “It’s the first time that the three of us are working together – we’ve been friends for years, drawn together through a love of espresso martinis and dancing until the shoes come off,” Tessa was eager to explain when asked abut how such a strong idea for a show came about.

Said show, Glittery Clittery: A ConSENSUAL Party is a cabaret spectacular – funny songs, movement and a whole heap of sequins tangled in with the strong movement of feminism and women sexual empowerment. “We wanted to make it super interactive – a really fun party. When discussing feminism and clitorises why not have a party when you do it – because those are two fun things.”

The idea for the show came about, Tessa explained, through a discussion at breakfast about the term bad feminist. “In Edinburgh we were chatting over a few bloody marys and licking our wounds from the night before and discussing whether what we enjoy doing made us bad feminists,” an interesting phrase put into play by the idea that; if females participate in things they enjoy but these things may be somewhat detrimental to the ideal of feminism, is that okay?

An example of this came from Tessa, “Am I bad a feminist for dancing to this track?” One of the queries that the Fringe Wives Club spoke of that morning; was going out the night before and dancing to songs that had lyrics that spoke awfully of women okay – when claiming to be a feminist? The conversation peaked and suddenly, “more bloody marys, more bloody marys, LET’S MAKE A SHOW!” It’s no wonder the show is one of the three receipents of this year’s Moosehead award – a grant for the stranger and more politically daring comedy festival show premises.

Along with Glittery Clittery: a ConSENSUAL Party, Tessa is also performing her own solo show Fully Sik. When questioned about what exactly the show would entail, “Sketch, dance, improve – it’s a whole bunch of shit.” With a name coined from the utterly Aussie phrase of fully sik (to mean awesome, for all you non-Aussies reading this), Tessa explained that is also has meaning to what will be within the show. Meaning that the show itself can get quite sick, changing depending on how wild the audience decides to get.

No stranger to solo shows either, Tessa is only just returning to Australia after a global run in 2016. Speaking about the different reactions and responses that occur to comedy within different countries, she recounted a particular story that entailed the wildest bunch of older Greece grandmas just loosing it at her show. “There were these fabulous old ladies up the back that were just cutting sick, it was amazing they all came out of the theatre chanting power, power, power, grabbing me by the bum and telling me I’m beautiful.”

With two great looking shows on the cards for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Fully Sik and Glittery Clittery: a ConSENSUAL Party are the shows to check out if you want something a bit more than the standard stand-up. Said best by Tessa herself, ”If you’re wanting to have a really fucking awesome party – this is the party for you.”


Glittery Clittery: a ConSENSUAL Party will be showing as part of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Greek Centre, tickets can be bought here. Tessa’s solo show, Fully Sik will be showing at the Greek Centre also, tickets can be bought here.



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