• Amy Toledano

Eggs Presented by Wake Up Theatre

What is it?

Two women are bound together by their relationship with a past friend, and through a series of vignettes come to understand how both has dealt with, and is still dealing with their grief and loss of someone they love. Through these snapshots the pair examine and understand their feelings on what it means to not just lose life but to bring new life into the world as well.

What's it all about?

Two young women sit on a hospital bed and share a bag of mini eggs. Seemingly close friends they laugh and chat inaudibly as one of many female 90s tracks plays overhead. But as the scene progresses we realise how vastly different these two women are.

An artist and a corporate businesswoman, both find themselves moving further and further away from one another. And as they both try to hold on to the things they have in common, life makes this more and more difficult. Girl One (Emily Curtis) is a child of IVF. She has always felt different, like she isn't a real woman, is just the shell of one. Girl Two (Lauren-Nicole Mayes) however, feels her maternal nature more than ever. She is ready to settle down and have a baby, something Girl One is not prepared for.

Through a series of snap shots and situations we come to learn of their past friend, who, it is implied, died suddenly and tragically. Both women have not dealt with this death well, and find themselves going deeper and deeper into themselves and losing each other in the process. And while their friendship comes out strong in the end, the journey to this place is completely separate from one another.

How did it make me feel?

This show was a real mix for me. While the writing shows real promise, and does well at creating flawed and interesting female characters, the thing that really puzzled me was the way the two friends seemed to never listen to one another, and that their levels of selfishness are almost unreal and farcical. The pair both have extremely different views on life and seem to have no problem being openly nasty to one another.

The theme of eggs themselves plays an interesting role in the show, as the pair explore what it is to walk through the world as a female, and whether being a mother is something that is actually important to them or if it is just what they have been told should be.

There are some really genuinely funny and tender moments however, that show both women as just that, two friends just trying to get through life together. In particular in one of the first scenes Girl One finds herself with a breakout of head lice, and driven to near insanity has Girl Two bring over a razor to shave her head.

The writing by Florence-Keith Roach is fun and honest, but at times feels a little forced. And while the staging is nice, and the set vibrant and gloriously cluttered, the changes from scene to scene often feel a little unnecessary and bogged down in details of outfit changes that don't add very much to the scenes themselves.

Overall, it is a lovely portrayal of women in control feeling out of control thanks to those around them.

Where Is It Playing?

The show is currently playing at Tristan Bates Theatre which is intimate and gentle like the storytelling itself.

Anything Else?

Female friendship is not always represented truthfully on the stage, but Eggs challenges the stereotypes of women in the theatre with ease. It is in the simple, honest, tiny moments that this show really shows us what it is made of.

Amy x

Eggs is playing at Tristan Bates Theatre until the 4th May 2019.

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