‘Am I If?’, written and performed by Bramble Wallace of Lunar Objects Theatre Company, is the thought-provoking ramblings of a twenty-something girl in a twenty first century world. After her best friend and flat mate Amber moves out without any explanation, 'Girl' is sacked from her job in a restaurant and struggles to hold it together. To make matters worse, her room is rudely invaded by creepy bed bugs. She also has the period from hell. Her mother’s solution: become a witch. Sometimes it’s better to listen to yourself, so 'Girl' finds her solace in the quiet, clean haven that is the launderette.
Wallace’s presence is electric and we are engaged from start to finish. The writing ranges from witty stand-up style to visceral spoken word, which simultaneously has me in tears and on the edge of my seat. Wallace carefully and cleverly addresses an array of issues that young people (particularly females) may come across when facing the big bad world, ranging from body hair, to obsessive career aspirations, to losing a best friend, and does so in a way that feels new and relevant. Wallace explores ‘expectation versus reality’, which gives us a relatable insight into 'Girl’s mindset, and is a clear through-line dotted throughout the piece.
Wallace commands the stage effortlessly, and connects excellently with audience members to provide a responsive and communicative atmosphere. ‘Am I If?’ is a hilarious and evocative journey exploring female friendship and downright honest self-awareness.
Written by Faye Butler