My World Has Exploded A Little Bit (Natural Shocks)
By Jon Stapley | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2016
Fair warning: you might cry. Lots of people did. It is a play about bereavement after all. Writer-performer Bella Heesom, with the aid of piano-playing assistant Eva Alexander and Microsoft PowerPoint, guides us through the 17-step process of coping with a loved one’s death. The result is a show that’s funny, energetic, profound and heartbreaking all at once. There’s so much creative energy here, whether it’s in Heesom’s emotionally exacting retellings of her experiences, or the beautiful pencil illustrations that accompany them. It’s a little long, a bit repetitive, and I don’t agree with making audience members hug each other (“No-one likes this,” whispered my designated hug-partner, accurately). But it’s brave, and honest, and it makes an emotional connection that’ll stay with you.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]