Creators: Beside Ourselves Collective
Reviewer: Simon Topping
The audience enters Christian camp for girls 1999, greeted by our hosts wearing the camp t-shirts, singing sickly religious songs and readying themselves to present a lecture on sex and Christianity. This is the start of Just Don’t Do it! an irreverent and surreal look into the modern Church’s approach to sex, celibacy and female sexual desire.
Nat (Christian of the year 1992, played by Eleanor Young) and Trish (Nat’s less than enthusiastic helper, Kate Mounce) are our guides for the next hour and what follows is some delightful clowning and some great interaction between the two uproarious women.
Mounce is a natural clown, with her amazingly flexible face pulling and bedraggled movement as she begrudgingly aids her friend in the presentation; reminiscent of a youthful Imelda Staunton. Young too is very funny as the self-righteous and bossy Natasha. The dynamic works well. These are two likeable and charismatic performers.
As the show goes on we are treated to some fabulously obscene puppetry and some amusing song; both women have beautiful singing voices. The audience becomes educated on what the bible advocates us to do regarding sex, with increasingly repressive instruction, and the relationship between the characters becomes rapidly fractious, completely breaking down to great comedic effect.
The pacing and tone of the show become befuddled at times. Somewhere in the middle, the crowd loses the thread of what is going on and the serious points seem to jar a little with the madcap styling of the first half. That being said Mounce and Young are very talented performers and when in full foolish flow very much a joy to watch. This is an entertaining, yet muddled piece.
Reviewed on 13th May
Image: The Burly Photographer