Sandi Toksvig returns to the Southbank Centre for the seventh year in a row to present Mirth Control. Part of the Women of the World Festival, Mirth Control is a celebration of women through music and comedy. This year, the show is entitled ‘Mirth Control Goes Nordic!’ and is a smorgasbord of all things Scandinavian.

Courtesy of the Southbank Centre.

Courtesy of the Southbank Centre.

Sandi Toksvig is, as expected, brilliant: witty and knowing and an accomplished compere for such a wide and varied show (including Danish vocalists demonstrating how to sing to livestock to bring them home). Highlights include musical theatre star Anna Jane Casey with her sumptuous and joyful vocals; honest and funny stand up from Holly Walsh and stunning singing from Southwark Cathedral Girl’s Choir. We are also honoured with the presence of Dr Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline and granddaughter of Sylvia.

Mirth Control is a broad and brilliant celebration of women, joyful and fun whilst still highlighting the need for greater representation and rights for women: a fantastic way to end this year’s Women of the World Festival.

Review written by Emily Channon.

Mirth Control was shown at the Southbank Centre as part of the WOW Festival on Sunday 12th March 2017. To find out more about this year’s festival,, visit here… 

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