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Bundle Of Joy? (Hive MCR)

By | Published on Saturday 27 August 2022

This hard-hitting play follows a young couple’s failure to conceive, and the deterioration of their relationship as a result. Ripe with symbolism, ‘Bundle Of Joy’s main success lies in its unsaid moments. As tensions rise, blood-red bedsheets are revealed, and the bed steadily transforms into a uterus, with floral pillows representing the ovaries. Wilted roses are butchered by the husband to represent the violence of IVF as clinical lighting and chaotic music ensues, reflecting the couple’s decaying romance. Both actors were exceptional, playing their characters with nuance and intensity as they subtly and organically navigated their complexity of emotion. This thought-provoking new piece of writing is sure to stimulate debate as it raises many conversations that surround the struggles of parenthood.

Paradise in Augustines, run ended.
tw rating 4/5 [Juliette Willis]