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REVIEW: We have Bought So A lot To Speak About (Basement Theatre)



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Created by Sally Stockwell with course from Julia Harvie, We’ve Bought So A lot To Speak About is a defiant cry, is catharsis, is a manifesto, is a launch. 

Billed as a ‘theatre-gig’, We’ve Bought So A lot To Speak About explores Stockwell’s life and profession via a combination of explosive songs, colliding photos of motherhood, and intimate tales. 

Possessing a implausible singing voice, Stockwell ranges from Siouxsie Sioux power to Grimes otherworldliness. The unique songs, carried out dwell and supported by multi-instrumentalist Chris Marshall, are extra than simply thematically related – they serve to proceed the symbolically wealthy dialogue of motherhood and the embedded query of what it means to be a lady. 

Photos of womanhood abound. The maiden is current, as is the mom, the girl who’s dissected throughout intercourse and through childbirth, the girl who is simply too outdated to play a mom, and the crone. Props are used to nice impact with cutlery making its most significant look on stage in a century, and a vacuum cleaner turns into an antagonistic presence. 

Every private reminiscence shared onstage gestures to the hopes, fears, and stifling expectations ladies the world over carry as they transfer via life. All is expressed with a ardour and gritty dedication to carve her personal path. Even within the moments which journey in the direction of the territory of self-doubt Stockwell is an unflinching presence, at all times pushing towards and questioning the aforementioned expectations.

Because the promotional materials for the present states, there should not essentially solutions to be discovered right here, as a substitute expressive motion and hanging music provide the chance to ponder motherhood via the lens of this mom. If something the present ends too abruptly – there could be room and viewers urge for food for extra because the colliding photos solely start to scratch the floor of the themes explored. However maybe that’s the greatest place to go away an viewers – wanting extra. 

We’ve Bought So A lot To Speak About is produced by Alice Kirker and was made with help from Artistic New Zealand and Ōtautahi Tiny Pageant. We’ve Bought So A lot To Speak About performs on the Basement 16 August – 20 August. 

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