Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Zahra moves on to the stage with the confidence of a warrior – she has never wanted to be a princess, despite what society has told her. This is a show about facing up to the stereotypes that women face in society, standing up to them and saying ‘no’. From the very start, Zahra has a strong confidence in her material and a great command of the room.
Her show takes in a whole host of topics – from growing up as a female in Saudi Arabia, to dating, the #MeToo movement and Repeal the 8th – there are plenty of hard-hitting moments in this show, and many dark jokes to go alongside them, but Barri has an instant charm that always makes the audience feel at ease, that this is a safe space in which to explore powerful concepts and ideas. Zahra also has plenty to say about the pitfalls of social media. There is a great structure to the narrative of this show, coupled with her self-assured delivery, brings a fantastic energy into the room.
Zahra is not a princess; this show proves she is a warrior of comedy.
Written by Christopher Moriarty.
Zahra Barri – Zahra Warrior (Not Princess)
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 1515
Part of The Free Festival
2nd – 26th August