Writer: Natalie Palamides
Director: Dr. Brown
Reviewer: Simon Topping
A sad egg figure nestles in the hay on stage next to a table, chair and fully functioning hot plate griddle. The floor is covered in plastic sheeting resembling a murder room in Showtime original crime drama, Dexter and a hesitant audience inches into the theatre not quite knowing what to expect. This is Laid, an utterly surreal voyage into the world of an egg who hatches as a woman and lays eggs of her own her. We take a journey with her as she faces a daily dilemma -does she eat or raise her offspring? In the beginning “Mama is hungry”, but will any of her progeny survive?
Sprouting from the American surrealist mind of Natalie Palamides, Laid is a thoroughly bonkers romp. Laugh out loud funny throughout it is enjoyable to see a female comedian go to physical extremes to raise a laugh, comparable to the likes of Kristen Wiig or French and Saunders.
Looking like a cross between Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Jane from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Palamides’ performance is fascinating to watch. The voice of cartoon network’s Powerpuff girl, Buttercup, you can easily see how her silly madness translates to a children’s audience, although this is a very adult production. Palamides is the type of comedian to sit in a Parisian cafe speaking faux French to bemused locals for her own amusement.
Expect a charismatic performance, enforced audience participation and a certain amount of spatter. You will never see the humble egg in the same way again.
Runs 8-11 May 2017 at Warren Theatre Box | Image: Contributed
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