On an epic adventure to halt ageing in its tracks, writers and performers Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards swim the sea of apology, march the bridge of tears and conquer the dark depths of the underworld on a fruitful journey of discovery. Dooley and Edwards expertly break the fourth wall and invite the audience in with open arms to join them, summoning spectators to participate in feel-good, cathartic activities.
One watches the clearly seasoned professionals in awe, as they marry hilarity and sincerity with such remarkable precision
At one point in the piece, the duo explore plastic surgery and approach the scene with humour and wit, yet begin to question the motives of their argument, leading to an insightful and resonant moment of discussion. This balanced, unbiased dialogue added a unique charm and morality to the piece. Lucy Bradridge delivers simple and clean stage design, cladding the community hall with white paper backdrops and props, like a storybook.
Cameo characters brilliantly take the form of Barbie dolls, whilst larger than life characters are kitted out with a collection of atrocious wigs and hilariously long arms. One watches the clearly seasoned professionals in awe, as they marry hilarity and sincerity with such remarkable precision, it had the audience in both fits of laughter and heartfelt tears.
Although many pearls of wisdom are imparted throughout the piece, a simple phrase speaks with resonance: “To live is to age and to age is to live”.