FROM beauty product addict to born-again feminist, choreographer and comedian Sarah Blanc’s hilarious and part-autobiographical journey comes to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) next month.

My Feminist Boner grapples with extreme societal pressures on the female body, and the conflict women feel between indulging in the beauty industry and maintaining their feminist ideals.

Why does the world place such unattainable beauty standards on women? What does it mean to be a feminist today?

With honest confessionals, a show-and-tell of beauty contraptions, conversations with her feminist-hating Dad, progressively grotesque movement and satirical humour; Blanc reveals her anger at the commodification of women’s bodies and exposes the absurdity of the beauty industry.

First commissioned for Women of Mass Destruction platform at Richmix in 2015 and performed at Pulse Suitcase Prize Day 2016, My Feminist Boner has gone on to have sell-out performances at The Place, Brighton Fringe and Jackson’s Lane. It was nominated for a Brighton Fringe Award in 2017 and 2018.

Sarah is an independent choreographer and performer from Ireland creating bold work that straddles the boundaries of dance, theatre and comedy. She makes solo shows as well as ensemble work for adults and children under her all-female inclusive dance company Moxie Brawl. She creates work that challenges preconceptions of what dance and dancers look like, that champions the representation of diverse bodies on stage. Her work aims to take risks without alienating people and is engaging to a wide range of audience.

Sarah has worked in dance and inclusive practice for over 10 years and has delivered projects for Greenwich Dance, GLYPT and East London Dance. Choreographic commissions include A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (Complicité/Bryony Kimmings). Her solo show It Started with Jason Donovan won a 2016 Brighton Fringe Award and received five-star reviews at Edinburgh 2015.

Sarah is a Candoco Associate Artist and, with Vicky Malin and Annie Hanauer, part of the collective AnnieVickySarah, which is running a project exploring inclusive practice through workshops and classes.

My Feminist Boner can be seen in the McCarthy at the SJT on Thursday, February 13 at 7.45pm. Tickets are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at