It certainly inspired Squeamish Louise to dig out some old Britpop albums and gear (of the fashion variety), How (Not) to Make it in Britpop made her: "pine for 90s fashions of jeans, t-shirts, feather boas and stripey shirts. Damn." I, however, never got to see the show in spite of the sage and specific advice from Squeamish Louise "Just go and see her. Seriously."
The show is kind of a spin off, or second part of her 2009 show The Science of Sex (which I...also didn't see - the main thing it I saw THIS one) and an investigation of the increasingly analysed conflict between freedom and commitment. The divide between those who stay together forever and those who split up and ask you to take sides.
If someone can make light-hearted jokes about polyamory, monogamy and any other 'ory' or 'amy' that can come up when it comes to relationships then they deserve some kind of award, or maybe an honorary degree in psychotherapy.
I think I've agreed along with the rest of the audience to sort of marry Rosie Wilby
Rosie covered ground on all kinds of relationship agreements, including sauna pacts in which gay men in a relationship agree sauna encounters don't "count" as it were. A friend of mine once visited one of these saunas and amused himself by shouting "oh no I can't find my phone." A mass of helpful naked men started hunting for this phantom lost phone "what model is it?" "Did you definitely have it with you when you came in here?" So you mustn't think of them as dens of sin. As with the notorious GrindR app, saunas have not translated to successfully into the lesbian world, but you will have to ask Rosie for her theories on this.
There's something wonderfully endearing about Rosie Wilby, which stops the amount of props she uses (flipcharts, voting cards, loudhailers, experimental cereal) from seeming too gimmicky - she's not trying to kill time, she wants to see what would happen if she fed a cereal flake to a member of the audience.
I laughed so hard I snorted, were we a regular comedy blog I'd insist upon a snortometer and this show got one snort. And now I think I've agreed along with the rest of the audience to sort of marry Rosie Wilby. And I'm OK with that.
Rosie Wilby's show Is Monogamy Dead? opens at the Assembly Halll in Edinburgh this Thursday