An absorbing and cleverly crafted one-act play with pace and energy.
There's something exhilarating about a gripping story being performed in an intimate and creative space; it gives the feeling of not being in the audience but being drawn into the scene, being unwittingly transported into that simple consultation room in Gujarat, India.
Well scripted and performed by an all-female cast, the story unfolds, cleverly crafting the complexity of emotions emanating from the three very different women who start out sharing the same vision, but later enter a dark space of confusion as their destiny's take different paths.
Eva (Gina Isaac), from London, is overwhelmingly desperate for a baby and has arrived in India to commence embryonic transfer surgery. Immensely protective of her last chance at motherhood she quickly becomes consumed with surrogate mother, Aditi (Ulrika Krishnamurti). A threat by the authorities in India to ban controversial surrogacy results in a plot to continue with the procedure behind closed doors. The treatment is lead by experienced businesswoman Dr Gupta (Syreeta Kumar) who stays nicely in control through the story, calling Eva's bluff in order to steer things to her own advantage. Aditi, a single mother already with two daughters of her own is trying to find her way out of poverty, not fully understanding the medical procedure but happy to take payment for the rental of her body. And although these three women have a common purpose, the different rewards, outcome and expectations of each of are revealed.
With choreographed transition of simple set pieces, brilliant depiction of the change of Aditi's body shape during dance, simple lighting that brings it to life, a gritty and powerful underscore and unexpected moments of humour, the story is performed in one act, with unfaltering pace and energy.
Playing at the Belgrade Theatre, B2 Auditorium, the show runs to Sat 4 Feb 2017.
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