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Review: Oil Babies

Image: Lachlan Woods


That’s how I would describe the powerful opening scene of Oil Babies when it debuted this week at Northcote Town Hall. Described as an ‘exploration of our relationship to climate change and the female body’ and brought to life by three, strong female leads, Oil Babies is an impactful, confronting and distinctly female performance piece which focussed on the not unknown concerns about real-life human anxieties, the health and future of planet earth.

Dark, peppered with enough comedy to keep you from the pits of despair, and laced together with real-world issues and environmental disasters – the narrative rotates around three female characters; one couple, and a single friend with crippling anxiety as they navigate their own views on body image, social and environmental wellbeing and fears for the future.

You’ll certainly walk away with a bleak awareness of one’s own impact on the planet – and that nagging constant reminder that just like the dinosaurs – we are not ourselves immune from ultimate extinction.

A smartly designed set and terrific sound engineering really hammer home the messaging.

A fast-moving, relatable and hard-hitting genre, wrapped up in a highly-entertaining package. Definitely worth seeing.

4 stars.

P.S Northcote Town Hall is located on High Street, the 86 tram line. There is a plethora of local bars and restaurants in this precinct, so make a night out of it.

Reviewed and written by our guest writer –  Kerstyn Dance

Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street
When: 8-18 August 2018
Time: Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 12/08 6pm, Sat 18/08 2pm
Relaxed performance Sat 18/08 2pm
Auslan Interpreted performance Thu 16/08 8pm
Audio Described performance Sat 16/08 8pm
More information and tickets: Check out their website.