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Florence Keith-Roach and Amarni Zardoe

Eggs – VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Florence Keith-Roach
Director: Lucy Wray

Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz

Every so often, you come across a piece of art that seems so uncannily prescient that it could have been plucked out of your own life. If you have graduated and moved to London in your 20s, Florence Keith-Roach’sEggs will do exactly this – and you it will make you cringe.

The play is formed of a series of vignette interactions between two university friends, now in their late-20s, struggling to cope with the transition to that chimaera of societal expectations, ‘real life’. There is so much in here that people of a certain age will recognise: continual dewy-eyed references to uni house parties, the 1990s pop music tributes, the atomised tyranny of dating apps. Especially well-represented is the grinding tension between the tenets of Lefty critical theory, faithfully imbibed in the seminar room between drug-fuelled nights out, and the compromises necessitated by life in the ruthless capitalist megacity that is London.

The pair are archetypes that every recent graduate will recognise: Keith-Roach, the would-be bohemianartiste, shuffling between temporary work while awaiting the day the genius of her work is recognised; Amani Zardoe the successful young professional, attempting to reconcile her student feminism with the desire to meet a husband, settle down and leave work to have 2.4 children.

The satirical observations are so well-made that we find our laughter tinged with nervous self-examination at almost every point. Yet this is also a heartening exhibition of friendship between young women, and of close bonds remaining despite the rolling on of time. For many viewers, caught amid these experiences, that will come as some comfort.

The satirical observations are so well-made that we find our laughter tinged with nervous self-examination at almost every point. Yet this is also a heartening exhibition of friendship between young women, and of close bonds remaining despite the rolling on of time. For many viewers, caught amid these experiences, that will come as some comfort.

It is perhaps the nature of such timely artworks to fade, as the moment in which they are situated passes on, but I do not think this will be the case with Eggs. For a long time to come, it will allow millennials to look back with a wry smile at what they were at this age.

Runs until 6 March 2016 | Image: Simon Annand

Writer: Florence Keith-Roach Director: Lucy Wray Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz Every so often, you come across a piece of art that seems so uncannily prescient that it could have been plucked out of your own life. If you have graduated and moved to London in your 20s, Florence Keith-Roach'sEggs will do exactly this - and you it will make you cringe. The play is formed of a series of vignette interactions between two university friends, now in their late-20s, struggling to cope with the transition to that chimaera of societal expectations, 'real life'. There is so much in here that people…

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