Set in a black-box style theatre, with one chair, Yvonne tells the story of how she and her mother would go on double dates. At the time, Yvonne was only 14 years of age and was exposed to bars and nightclubs with her mother, often defending herself against advances from older men.
As Yvonne enters adulthood and starts on the dating scene, she explores a lot of different options and experiences, until she starts dating one person seriously. In this relationship, she finds that everything is fine when they are together, but as soon as they are out in public or amongst friends the behaviour of her partner deteriorates.
Yvonne loves him and cannot understand why he behaves this way. He begs forgiveness after each incident and promises to change – but his behaviour escalates becomes physically violent and is witnessed by a taxi driver. It is at that point Yvonne leaves him.
This is a gripping piece of theatre and authentic storytelling by Yvonne Martin about domestic violence in relationships, and her journey to rebuild her faith in love. There is light and shade in this show as Yvonne navigates the space and uses humour as she encounters different characters in her dating experiences. Her use of the black box space, with one sole prop – a wooden chair – highlights her ability and dramatic skill to keep the audience engaged through a personal narrative about a serious topic.
After the performance, the audience is asked to consider making a gold coin donation to the McAuley Community Services for Women to support women and children fleeing domestic violence, providing accommodation and services.
This is a show worth seeing and you can catch it tonight and Sunday.