What did I just watch? No really, I’m asking. I have no idea what that was. Was it theatre? Observational Comedy? Cabaret? Really, Eggs Collective Get A Round is all of the above, and more.
Essentially, it is three northern lasses inviting you to accompany them on a night out. The typical stereotypes for a Good Night Out are assigned – the “Let’s walk, it’s not far”, the Deflator, the “You Go Girlfriend!” – the Chardonnay is uncorked and off we go. All is fun, sequins and happy cackles, but within five minutes the lipstick is all over the teeth, the bouffant hair sags, loo-roll trails sadly from knickers and the atmosphere becomes just a little bit darker.
What then transpires is a rambling mix of repetitive anecdotes, confessions, karaoke, questionable dancing and some unexpectedly beautiful singing. At first glance it seems chaotic, ramshackle, even uncomfortable, but further inspection reveals water (or wine) – tight choreography and an almost telepathic communication between the three girls. A deceptively simple yet effective pulley system allows them to raise and lower microphones and bottles of cheap cider as needed, symbolising the seamless exchanges of power play between the three. The awkwardness is also entirely deliberate; they play with your expectations then throw them back at you, leaving you wrong-footed and reeling. It’s a bit of a slap in the face when you’re laughing away happily then suddenly they show you that you’re laughing about potential rape.
This is typical of the show; it’s warm, girly and light-hearted, but it also has one heck of a bite. A genius move where a microphone is lowered into a bucket held between the legs of one girl reveals that her quiet vomiting is actually a flood of political criticism and personal insecurity. Jimmy Saville, weight issues, Donald Trump and one night stands pour forth from her in a helpless bile soup.
This show is not about feminism, not really. But it is about female solidarity. Terrible things happen in the world, both on a global and a deeply personal level, but as long as you have somebody to hold your hair back while you’re being sick, you just might get through. And despite all of the nonsense and the ugliness, that ultimate impression of strength and unassailable friendship gives you a bit of a glow as you leave the theatre. I suppose Eggs Collective Get A Round is actually performance art at its best. It entertains and surprises, it raises more questions than it answers, it holds up a mirror without lecturing, and it is definitely a Good Night Out.
Review by Genni Trickett
Pinned on the arse-end of a night out, Eggs Collective Get A Round is a show with lipstick on its teeth and Wotsits on its face. A wayward exploration of friendship, kindness and belonging that spills out towards its audience.
In a world that tells us we’re not rich, thin or successful enough, Eggs Collective wonder if the basic principles of a good night out might just make the world a better place.
Smart and energetic, entertaining and political, this is a piece of theatre that warms hearts and reeks of Blossom Hill.
EGGS COLLECTIVE GET A ROUND
Tue 10 – Sat 14 May 2016, 7pm
21 Dean Street
London W1D 3NE
Running Time: 60 mins
Age: Strictly 18+