When life is the pits
This article is from 2007.
Meat, sand and heat are the main ingredients for Megan Barker’s fascinating play. Three actresses tell the story of one woman’s struggle through life as social workers take her children, her man treats her with no respect, her baby is ill (literally falling apart at it’s seams) and she has no money. It’s the American nightmare. Myrtle’s desperation to keep her family together in their trailer home is palpable. Her overt need to please those around her and cling to the shreds of her life make for poignant viewing.
The action examines the futility of life by highlighting the basic human cycle; birth, eating, sleeping and dying, after which your body becomes 21 grams lighter as your soul departs. Neil Doherty’s inspired direction sees the actresses seamlessly alternating between the characters creating the entire family unit through physicality and facial expression, supported by evocative sound effects and Rob Watson’s clever lighting. The play progresses as the meatballs cook on the stove, the smell of cooking meat will never be the same again.
Traverse, 228 1404, until 26 Aug (not 13, 20), times vary, £14 (£5–£10)