Drawing creative inspiration from her own personal experiences, Cassie Litchfield's show revolves around her alter ego - Kathy Richfield - and through the art of physical theatre, comedy, and satire, she aims to address the challenges of having to do a bunch of adulting, not to mention the anxieties that our current era of social media, unrealistic expectations, and the general trends of dating present with.
Upon attending the opening night show, Kathy presented with a brilliant mix of comedy, hip-hop, and poignance that seemed to tie together all the different elements of show beautifully. Starting off with the initial freak-out that comes with the general course of adulting, Kathy was able to nail the feeling of what someone going through a quarter-life crisis would typically experience. Starting off with a feeling of stress, then moving on to a state of temporary serenity (that is short-lived because of the stress), and finally resorting to simply giving up and letting life go in a wilder (and not smarter) direction, Kathy was able to eloquently jump from one theme to the next effortlessly.
One particular segment was when Kathy re-enacted what it was like to have a daily grind with a routine that was all too familiar and relatable. Having personally been experiencing the 'auto-pilot' mode of doing the same thing day in and day out lately, this spoke to me in volumes. The connotation that life was just...slipping away, whilst striving to be able to attempt life in general resonates as a memorable moment even today.
There were moments of lighthearted improvisation that incorporated minor hiccups during the show and for a performer to be able to power through it as gracefully as Cassie did on her opening night was admirable, to say the least. It's safe to say that the audience members were in stitches towards the end of the show and to see how Kathy / Cassie was able to captivate us and make us feel during the more serious yet enlightening moments of the show goes to show how skilled and diverse she is - as a character and as a performer.
While the level of audience interactivity was limited, it was just enough to help us feel included in her journey towards accepting her self-worth and realizing that there was more to live for, beyond the tiny screens on our phones, beyond the materialistic desires, beyond the unrealistic expectations that women are faced with every single day.
There's still a week to catch Kathy at The Third Space (Live From Tandanya) and have her impart her wisdom around surviving with life. Book your tickets to Hello It's Me...Again here.