Bit of Sunshine
- Gareth K Vile
- 25 August 2016
This article is from 2016.
The destructive power of bulimia is bought into the light
Bloody Deeds, the company behind Bit of Sunshine, were founded to promote women in theatre, recognising that it could be a male dominated art. Bit of Sunshine is a new play, performed by writer Nicole Zweiback, that grapples with the horror of bulimia, as experienced by one talented young woman.
Although the early episodes tend to incoherence, as Zweiback settles into her description of a life tormented by a dream of weight-loss, the script gains power as it focuses on a woman's experience of the regime for cure. Trying to argue against the treatment of the patients in the rehabilitation centre, bulimics are identified as a cultural group, oppressed in the same way as Jews by Nazis. The hysteria of the patient, and her binge and purge fantasies, are presented with a mixture of repulsion and celebration.
The message of the show, however, is clear: bulimia kills. The final moments are a down-tempo counterpoint to the frantic energy, and Zweiback offers a powerful, dynamic performance that combines compassion with a sense of the devastation that this illness brings.
theSpace on the Mile, until 27 Aug, 6.05pm, £8 (£6.50).