Minnie and Mona Play Dead

This show is about suicide and death. It really is. The title sort of sounds like it’s a kid show - and Minnie and Mona are child characters - but you probably wouldn’t want to bring your kids to see it. Some of it is dark comedy but some of it is sincere and can be quite upsetting. Given the subject matter if you know someone that has committed suicide then this might not be a show for you, the context might ring too true.

Australians Gita Bezard and Arielle Gray perform both as hosts to the show and as the two young girls Minnie and Mona. The hosts start the show with a quite funny speech about death and suicide and seem to want to compete with each other in which one is more suicidal. Then they swap characters and become Minnie and Mona. Both of the little girls have incredibly vivid imagination but opposite character traits. Minnie likes animals and wants everyone to get along, Mona likes being vulgar and wants to die. The two performers swap between characters frequently, taking you from the crazed and dark imagination of the little girls back to reality.

They speak about people they know which have committed suicide. They also joke about people involved in the production committing suicide due to the show, which doesn’t really work as a joke and isn’t believable. There are, on the other hand, a couple of scenes of sincerity and vulnerability that make the audience think about their own feelings and thoughts towards death and suicide. The show starts with a quick pace but slows down towards the end, with the exception of an energetic ants dance and a few good jokes thrown in.

This show might not be for everyone but it certainly is interesting and is worth checking out.

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The Blurb

Winner Best New West Australian Work (FringeWorld Festival). Minnie and Mona are best friends who are destined to end up apart. Minnie wants to play cheeky unicorns and Mona wants to be dead. Real dead.

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