- 14 Jul 17
RIOT, at Vicar St. is a hugely engaging smorgasbord of artistic delights, with Emmet Kirwan and Panti Bliss to the fore.
Clingfilm manikins, a sensual Tayto striptease and a pool noodle beating of Jesus — these are just some of the acts you can expect from Riot. This high speed variety show offers song, comedy, dance, acrobatics and spoken word — all adding up to an incredible spectacle that manages to be both exhilarating and emotionally affecting.
The show stars the Her Majesty Panti Bliss, along with poet Emmet Kirwan, comedy dance duo Lords of Strut and a host of others. Panti is in fine form — all big hair and bigger shoulder pads — but the standout performance of the show is from Kirwan.
Kirwan’s rapid fire delivery is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking. His poem about a teen pregnancy takes in classism, misogyny, and globalisation — like an Irish Eminem, but with more talent, empathy and social conscience.