Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director; produced playwright (21 plays). Scripts pub. Currency Press. She worked as actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate was Head of Drama/Teacher, NMIT; Coordinator of Prof. Writing/ Editing, Swinburne Uni. Read her reviews here or: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Thursday, 19 September 2013
The Good Girl, Sept 20, 2013 ***
Written by Emilie
Collyer By Pony.Child, Melbourne Fringe Festival Upstairs at Errol’s, Fringe Hub, Errol St
North Melbourne, Sept 20 to 27, 2013 Reviewer: Kate Herbert Stars:*** Full review published in Herald Sun online Sept 23, 2013. KH
Olivia Monticciolo, James O'Connell. pic.Lachlan Woods
By the year 2050, most of
the sex workers in major cities will be robots.
prediction by two New Zealand researchers is the premise of Emilie Collyer’s
cute and quirky,sci-fi, black comedy, The Good Girl.
A young woman (Olivia
Monticciolo) lives an isolated life working as the manager-madam for a female
sex-bot that serves the male population of this futuristic, urban world.
Sex in this unpleasant
world is clinical, removed from relationships, manufactured through software
programs, and isolated in robot brothels to avoid any spread of disease.
When the designated
technician (James O'Connell) services the off-stage sexbot, he and the madam
discover that she/it is developing emotions – she cries and pleads with men not
to leave her – and that clients will pay big bucks for her ‘humanity’.
They expand her emotional
range to jealousy, anger, nagging, and finally fear, the last of which causes an
unexpected and violent outcome.
two-hander merges black comedy with the absurd and the political, using sharp,
well observed and funny dialogue.
Her script challenges the
commodification of sex, the dysfunctionality that occurs when it is isolated
from human emotion, and the ugly relationship that can arise between violence