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After receiving accolades at the Adelaide fringe festival The Other Side of 25 is here Melbourne! The 50-minute musical comedy is a brilliantly curated one-man show. Make that a one-woman show!
Becca Hurd, who plays the main protagonist is exceptional as she acts varied characters to narrate the story. There is some great utilisation of backing tracks to play other characters. What truly fascinates her audience, is her character weaves through multiple emotions which enforces empathy, sympathy and laugh-out-loud awkwardness. Well now, who doesn't like some spontaneous song and yoga moves!
The Other Side of 25
The Other Side of 25, is set around Amory. Amory is this young girl who dreams of being a musician (and hence the narrative breaks into a song quite often). How she exchanges her womb for a doll. and that innocent child trade unfolds her adult life in many ways. The play touches various social aspects like surrogacy, conditions women face with childbearing, as well as what a woman undergoes with the idea of pregnancy. Amory certainly strikes a chord with most women. There is a dialogue where Amory mentions that motherhood for many of us is seen as - a pause in life. It shifts focus from our unfulfilled adult-life and our anxieties to the little humans we raise. I could see so many heads in the crowd nod to that.
When we stop to think about procreation, the number of reasons that can dissuade an individual from taking the plunge can be daunting. Amory's decision to carry her sister's baby is one of logic, but the vast majority of pregnancies occur in a space of emotion and intuition. We can delude ourselves into thinking that we have a complete understanding of our individual paths in the world, but in a moment of control being usurped, Amory finds herself unwittingly transported. What was once a hindrance, turns in a flash, into something to be cherished above all else.
A special mention of The Butterfly Club. The quirky retro venue is nestled in the famous Melbourne laneways. A hidden gem that provides that special touch to such great performers and their work. It was great to grab a drink and watch the show.
Bontom Productions presents this one-woman show written by American actress and writer, Becca Hurd. The Other Side of 25 explores a woman's discovery of what you gain through what you lose.