EGGS, VAULTS FESTIVAL - REVIEW

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg, even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. Bernard Meltzer

If science is to be believed, the average man has a significantly shorter lifespan than a woman. Yet instead of exploring female friendships – this rich source of growth and succour (as well as doubt and anxiety), many films, programmes and books focus on romantic relationships as if they're only thing worth writing about.

Directed by Lucy Wray (who also directed the marvellous Goodstock last year) and written/performed by Florence Keith-Roach, Eggs explores this seldom discussed dynamic, as well as the way outside pressures can influence women's sense of identity, especially in relation to fertility and motherhood.

Girl 1 (Keith-Roach) is the product of IVF and she doesn't let her friend or the audience forget it. This sense of otherness, of alienation is never far from her mind, even when on the surface she is upbeat and bubbly. Her friend Girl 2 (Amani Zardoe) is in some ways the polar opposite of her – conventional, works in a business environment, has particular goals in life. So how did she and Girl 1 become friends at all? The answer lies with a mutual friend who isn't around anymore...

Keith-Roach's script is very quotable. In fact if you're not laughing at one of the 'outrageous' comments made, chance are you're thinking about the other profound, insightful comments mentioned. Nothing is taboo, which may be why the script surprises the audience from beginning to end and is so truthful. This 'truthfulness' also covers one poignant moment when Girl 1 admits she misses her old friend who doesn't have time for her anymore and incidents later on when honesty reaches a whole new level...

As for me being candid? I loved Eggs. It should certainly be on your #MustSee list before the end of the week. You can thank me later.

© Michael Davis 2016

Eggs runs at The Vaults Festival until 6th March 2016.

http://www.vaultfestival.com/event/eggs/2016-02-24/

If you like to know more about this show, read Florence Keith-Roach's interview with Female Arts: http://www.femalearts.com/node/2190

Author's review: 
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