As the intro to this piece states, ‘age comes to us all you know,’ we’re reminded of this in the opening act, a recollection of a bathroom encounter, when some young pretty things, applying lipstick in the mirror, label the character, Jay, portrayed beautifully by Camilla Blunden, ‘just an old woman.’
This comment, makes it real for her, and thus launches the rest of the performance where she digs deeply into the phenomenon of getting old, and how over time, older women somehow lose their voice, become invisible, and incorrectly feel they have become a burden to society.
As the piece progresses, she attempts to turn these beliefs on their head, re-empowering women, as wise, important, highly visible beings with stories to tell, all the while batting off the inner voices that creep up, and try to convince her otherwise.
This show was difficult to follow in parts, as the narrative jumped from whimsical inner thought to thought, from real life to fantasy through paint stores, pots and pans, to magical woods filled with fiery Goddesses. However, each part, whilst individually challenging to understand, did in fact paint a much larger picture, and like a technicolor patchwork quilt, made perfect, warm, comforting sense.
We found the delivery to be reminiscent of a Shakespearean monolog, crafted by a counter-culture, highly empowered woman.
All This Living is a brave one-women performance. Honest, strong and at times funny, it starts out to answer the question ‘is our society captivated by youth,’ and makes a very convincing argument to the contrary.
All This Living is playing at the Butterfly Club until Sunday 26th February.
When: Until Sunday 26 February, 2017
Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Tickets and more information: Check out the Butterfly Club website.