Following acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rebecca Crookshank brings her one-woman show to the Ashcroft Arts Centre on Wednesday.
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot is inspired by Rebecca’s experience in the Royal Air Force, from the literal high of flying in a Tornado F3 fighter jet to the lows of experiencing sexual harrassment while stationed in the Falkland Islands in 2001.
One time, we were in this barn and all the guys were naked apart from wearing a rubber glove on their genitals and I had to rub Fairy Liquid on themRebecca Crookshank
An interview Rebecca did with Channel Four, which includes footage from her experience, has been viewed more than five million times on the channel’s Facebook page.
While some of the harrassment was extreme, Rebecca uses humour to speak out about her time in the armed forces.
She says: ‘I was only 17 when I joined the RAF – I needed a new family to hold me. I was the only woman when we were posted to the Falklands, and there were lots of incidents of sexual harrassment and horrible initiation ceremonies.
‘One time, we were in this barn and all the guys were naked apart from wearing a rubber glove on their genitals and I had to rub Fairy Liquid on them.
‘You’d think we could’ve worked together regardless of gender but apparently not. I couldn’t articulate myself; I complained but didn’t pursue it as I was told I would get a bad review.
‘This show is my official complaint.’
Rebecca says it has been cathartic to make the show, in which she plays nine different characters based on people she worked with in the forces.
‘There’s lots of humour, sequins and even a penguin. To earn those darker moments you have to be able to bring the audience in, and I’m very drawn to writing comedy.’
Performance starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. Visit hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/ashcroft-arts-centre or call 01329 223 100 for more information.