Review: Putting the World to Writes

Sarah Coombes 28 January 2014

Putting the World to Writes, which was performed at the Corpus Playroom on Monday night, was darn funny. It is musical comedy at its very best, a one-woman singing, joking, winking extravaganza, written and performed by the brilliant Rosalind Peters. Peters is both very funny and very musical, moving seamlessly between the keyboard, the ukulele, the microphone and the excellent comedy tool- the haiku. The music was a mix of Kate Nash and Dick Van Dyke and the comedy was just plain funny: gentle, excellently timed and thoughtful. The switching between mediums was clever as it helped keep the one person show varied, though the consistence of the comedy, and the jazziness of the tunes, did that all on their own.
The star describes herself as a “cautious comedian” and follows up with some whimsical musings about the rights of grumpy Brits, the social traumas of Facebook and the similarities between Christians and Scientists. The comedy really soared however when she got onto the saucier numbers: "Don’t let a porn star tell you who you are", "The poverty song" (about global child poverty but her insatiable need for a MacBookPro) and a parody of Michael Jackson’s "Bad" (about difficult ethical choices). The subject matter was mostly light, but wandered suitably into the subjects of the Middle East and pun-derings on philosophy so as to remind you you’re watching a Cambridge Theologian as well as a comic.

The Playroom has in the past been the nursery of comic greats, and this show really seemed as if it might be one in the making. Peters already has something that really, really works: wit, a natural comic persona, cheeky tunes and the ability to handle even the most relentless old heckler. The only shame is that it’s not on for longer.