I’m going to start by saying I absolutely adored this show and would highly recommend you catch it, especially if you were an indie music fan in the 90’s. Even writing this is conjuring up the multitude of feelings I felt whilst watching this show,
The show was originally commissioned by Traverse Theatre in 2018 for the Traverse festival, and I feel it is wonderfully accomplished considering it’s only been a year and has toured extensively. It’s currently playing at The Soho theatre until 28th September at 7pm and it runs for 90 minutes.
The title of the show conjures up all kind of ideas of what you think this show is going to be about, it covers every aspect of Cora Bissett’s life so far and her teenage music career in the band ‘Darling Hears’. I say show rather than play as it is a mix of theatre, spoken word and gig. The entire thing is played out directly to the audience.
What Girls are Made of was born from Cora Bisett finding her old diaries and news paper clippings in her parents loft after her father passed away. It brings up memories about her teenage music career and the way it slammed to and end, and that’s how it begins.
We are then transported through Cora’s life using live music to soundtrack and punctuate the journey .Cora’s band ‘Darling Hearts’ even toured with Radiohead and Blur. It is a wonderful insight into hearing how the music industry once worked.
All 4 actors and musicians are completely wonderful and other 3 members of the cast are Simon Donaldson, Emma Smith and Harry Ward. They each play a multitude of characters as well as well sing and play music.
What Girls are Made of is fast paced, funny and emotive. My attention never wondered from what was happening on the stage and I was completely caught up in Cora’s story and her feelings. The end song was met by rapturous applause and a standing ovation.
Cora Bissett, you were not a failed rockstar, the amount of people who would have loved to have experienced an iota of what you did with your time in the music industry and this fantastic show was born from this fascinating time. A brilliant story, wonderfully told.