As well as sketches, Sistershow used music to communicate their take on women’s experiences. Last week we caught up with Bencie Woll, now a distinguished Professor at UCL in London, but once a piano player with the Sistershow troupe.
Bencie talked about one song in particular, ‘Talking Contraceptive Blues,’ a humourous take on the birth control issues that were effecting women in the 1970s. The invention of the pill was the first time in history that women had their own control over their own fertility. This significant change in how contraception could be managed was easily incorporated into the armoury of women’s liberation. Nevertheless, it did have its problems, as Bencie tells us.