Review | Betty Grumble: Sex Clown Saves The World

Betty Grumble

Betty Grumble: Sex Clown Saves The World | Circus Theatre | Until Feb 3 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

The indomitable sex clown Betty Grumble has traveled back to Fringe World for a very important cause. She’s here to save the world, and she’s been gracious enough to invite her audiences to be a part of it.

Sprawled out near-naked in a pile of trash and half encompassed by a garbage can as the audience filed into the room, Grumble’s plan for salvation is unclear – but finding out was pure, visceral pleasure.

Grumble introduces herself with a rousing rendition of Patti Smith’s Gloria (Yes, Patti Smith – not Van Morrison) replaced with her own name. She also introduces her beloved Gaia, the Earth, a persistent prop throughout the performance -a visual representation of the love she hopes to save.

Shuffling through her trash pile, Grumble initiates a number of costume changes throughout the show – donning incredible outfits made entirely of the discarded. Somewhat contra to the revealing costumes and general buffoonery, Grumble speaks on the environment, feminism, ecosexuality, queerness and love – gleefully punctuating each salient statement with an ironically vapid giggle that plays with horribly persistent expectations of female.

Grumble whirls, bleeds, screams, sings, poops and lip-syncs (oh just WAIT for the lip-sync!) her way through the problems of the world. I watched with glee as some elderly audience members shuffled out of the Circus Theatre as Grumble’s message became clear; she doesn’t have time for the fucking patriarchy – and neither should you.

Sex Clown Saves The World is hilarious, confronting, incredible and empowering. A show that made me revel in my femininity and my queerness and take a serious look at myself and become aware of some of my own expectations of others. Grumble may admit she has not saved the world at the end of the hour-long show, but she successfully sows seeds among her audience that may just win it in the long game.

Don’t miss Betty Grumble: Sex Clown Saves The World in the Circus Theatre until Friday February 3rd. Tickets and more information available from

Leigh Andrew Hill

You can support our work by subscribing to our Patreon
or contributing to our GoFundMe campaign.

Tags: , , ,

You must be logged in to post a comment Login