This ambitious local production blends rock music, cabaret styles and raunchy comedy to depict that painful period when the human child sprouts into physical adulthood.
The 65-minute script is collaboratively written by the four actors, Kristian Jordan, Jason Hooper, Andraea Sartison and Christine Birch. It touches all the obvious bases, from buying that first bra to blowing that first wad.
Occasionally the proceedings get dwarfed on the large Warehouse stage, and the actors, who appear to be amateurs in their 20s and 30s, cannot always be heard over the three musicians who accompany them live. Sometimes, too, the jokes get lost in the performers’ own hurried enunciation.
Yet there is lots of creativity on display, not just in the occasionally risqué script but in its reasonably elaborate staging. One icky menstruation gag will have audience members ducking for cover.
— Morley Walker
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
You'll laugh, you'll cry and you won't know why. You'll feel awkward, uncomfortable and angry, but you won’t ever want to shout, "You don't understand anything!"
Puberty: A Memoir lets you re-enjoy the worst time of your life. It's a show about life’s monumental firsts: your first period, your first bra, your first zit and your first pube.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Popping zits. WARNING: The company does not take responsibility for any recall of uncomfortable, deeply buried memories.
MTC Warehouse (Venue 6), to Saturday