Warning: Contains strong language, weapons, and penguins.
In a world where politically correctness has gone too far and freedom of speech debatable, it seems quite shocking to think that despite everything women have fought for, there are still men out there who treat us like shit.
In this shocking, yet funny true story, ex-Airwoman Crookshank shares her experiences in the Royal Air Force. Switching between each character through accent and posture alone, we see Rebecca grow from a 17-year old girl looking to spread her wings, to an experienced woman ready to take on the world. A woman ready to be the first penguin.
Her script is completely relatable, combined with photos and videos from her time in the RAF, including her mum’s wedding, nights out with her friends and even some banter with the lads… when they weren’t bullying and harassing her that is.
It’s a brave thing to do, standing up and sharing your personal story, revealing parts of your life that were extremely difficult. But her determination, courage and humour is incredible and the audience hangs onto every word.
I also have to mention the soundtrack – Spice Girls, S Club 7 and – of course – Top Gun, all make an appearance, reminding us that she was just a teenager, miles away from friends and family protecting her country. It’s pretty amazing.
Poignant, hilarious and motivational, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a show that needs to be seen. Especially if you like penguins.
Per ardua ad astra – through adversity to the stars…
Reviewed by Michaela Clement-Hayes
Photo: Cecilia Cooper-Colby