On an epic adventure to halt ageing in its tracks, writers and performers Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards swim the sea of apology, march the bridge of tears and conquer the dark depths of the underworld on a fruitful journey of discovery. Dooley and Edwards expertly break the fourth wall and invite the audience in with open arms to join them, summoning spectators to participate in feel-good, cathartic activities.
Excellently directed by Toby Park and Will Kerley, the actors deliver a delightful array of wonderful, wacky and original character sketches interjected with honest, eye-watering monologues. Dooley attacks the absurdity full throttle, finding utter enjoyment in the ridiculousness of each moment. Her bravery throughout is commendable and this, teamed with her ardent and frank speeches, ensures she is an absolute delight to watch. When paired with Edwards, the two are indestructible. The brilliantly satirical writing compliments Edwards' performance effortlessly, with a variety of witty impersonations and sharp-tongued one liners.
At one point in the piece, the duo explore plastic surgery and approach the scene with humour and wit, yet begin to question the motives of their argument, leading to an insightful and resonant moment of discussion. This balanced, unbiased dialogue added a unique charm and morality to the piece. Lucy Bradridge delivers simple and clean stage design, cladding the community hall with white paper backdrops and props, like a storybook.
Cameo characters brilliantly take the form of Barbie dolls, whilst larger than life characters are kitted out with a collection of atrocious wigs and hilariously long arms. One watches the clearly seasoned professionals in awe, as they marry hilarity and sincerity with such remarkable precision, it had the audience in both fits of laughter and heartfelt tears. Although many pearls of wisdom are imparted throughout the piece, a simple phrase speaks with resonance: “To live is to age and to age is to live”.