Aug 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 (21.15)
In a recent interview with the Mumble, the creative genius behind Junkbox Theatre, Georgia Taylforth, described the play as being, ‘Modern day pregnancy under the microscope, with Nutella,’ a perfect summary of this fine play. Friendship, sex, love and pregnancy are examined via three very different relationships. The first is a couple who meet on a dating app just for a sexual fling, but find it is hard to separate sex and love. How common a motif is that? The second couple are newly engaged and accidentally become pregnant. More gritty reality! The third relationship is played out by a gay man desiring to be a father, but denied the adoption option, and his best friend, a straight woman. As character evolves steadily through the drama, & moods & relationships change, watching ‘Mine’ is like watching a rubix cube being put together, each color shifting through the puzzle. However, this are not neat and mathematical problems, these are human emotions on stage and the puzzle is unsolvable.
‘Mine’ allows the audience a chance to understand & experience the rigorous trials & vigorous emotions of the modern pregnancy. All the characters are easy to connect with, even when they are acting badly (& is in behaviour, not dramaturgically) & it is educational to see how bad behavior affects the other characters. We feel upset for the one being treated badly, but we can also see ourselves in the person making the mistake. For myself, I learnt that the next time I feel myself having a negative reaction to a friend or partner, I can remember what I saw on that stage, remember how these characters hurt each other, and change my behaviour for the better.
Reviewer : Michael Beeson