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Cleverly and sensitively presents the experience of abortion minus the heavy moral questions
Bump is an impressively well-balanced performance. While accompanying serious themes with humour, the laughs in this show never feel strained or inappropriate. Lily, assisting her mother at a cake stall after a big night out, is simply hilarious, and there’s plenty more besides that. Alternating between Lily’s private thoughts and her voiced reactions to events also makes for some great comedy. The script is consistently witty and punchy to keep an audience on their toes. Though Lily’s situation is difficult, she’s such a heart-warming character that she doesn’t evoke pity so much as hope. She’s complex, flawed and, above all, relatable.
In this role, Rosa Torr shows incredible talent. The odd and eccentric personas that she brings to life on stage leave the audience in hysterics. Maxine, a boastful health freak who loves a good spin class, is definitely a favourite. Although Torr flits between characters with flair and speed, there is never any confusion as to who is speaking. She is absolutely captivating to watch throughout.
In short, Bump is a must-see for young women at the Fringe. It cleverly and sensitively presents the experience of abortion minus the heavy moral questions that most theatre about the subject focuses on. This is simply one girl’s story, and it is told beautifully.