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A WOMAN’S BUM IS LIKE THE MOON (article first published : 2007-12-12)

Although A Woman’s Bum is like the Moon, written and performed by Samantha Gray and running at Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre, is billed as "a 21st century fairy tale", the message of this short one act one-woman show is very clear.

Life is no fairy tale for a woman and after the age of two the child, exemplified by the fairy tale Alice, Wendy, Dorothy, Cinderella and Snow White characters, is advised to grow up and face the harsh realities of life. These are exemplified in one example after another of the trials and tribulations suffered by woman at the hands of men, more often than not excusing their behaviour by means of such sentiments as it being impossible to rape a woman. These short scenes show the reality of life, with all its warts. Full use is made of the stage and the many props and costume changes. Indeed, the elaborate set prevents the play from being static or verbose.

The play is a slice of reality, and it is strongly anti-violence against women, in all its forms - many of which are displayed on a large screen in one of several short film clips. Although serious, the performance is not without its humour and it elicited many laughs from the, predominantly, female audience.

The humour shines through in Samantha Gray's adept handling of the sad situations to which she, as a young woman involved with a man is exposed. A mechanical baby doll assists in portraying these aspects. Featuring strongly is an exceptionally and unbelievably well-endowed blow-up doll, often in telephonic conversation with its mother, contributing considerably to the humour and the “action”. This is not a stand-up comedy act but a piece of serious theatre, of which Durban is sadly lacking.

Another clear message of the show is that a woman must acknowledge and accept her flaws which make her a real, vital woman and she need not resort to breast implants, nip-tucks etc. but be who she is and be loved and appreciated for who she is. Samantha Gray claims to have dyed her naturally blonde hair in the hope of being taken more seriously and her sentiments should certainly be taken seriously, even though they are received with much laughter.

Her passion for the material shines through although this should be tempered at times when she is too vociferous. The opening voice-over introductory monologue before her entrance was a little loud, almost to the point of distortion in the small, intimate theatre.

A Woman’s Bum is like the Moon was directed by Milton Schorr and runs at the Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre, Greyville, from December 11 to 23 at 20h00. Booking on 031 305 6889 or through www.strictlytickets.com

NB: It is very much for adult audiences only. – Maurice Kort




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