By Alison Wearing
Performed by Alison Wearing
Post-partum depression is one thing, and post-partum astonishment (read: delight, wonder, etc.) is quite another. Alison Wearing expounds with fine pace and skilful writing on the birth of her son. In a bit less than an hour she tells, sings, and dances her story, and it is a tale as captivating and absorbing as any you might hear.
We follow her from the boy's infancy and early months in the hot and toxic environment of a big city, to a frustrating encounter with cottage country where jet skis and gas fumes compete with the clean air. Her instinctive love of having brought a life into the world confronts a deep fear that she will not be able to protect him from the frantic and poisonous society around her.
She discovers Mexico, and simplicity. And she learns to celebrate her motherhood and to understand it. The moment in the performance when she reveals the Mexican peasants' explanation of giving birth crowns the whole hour.
Wearing is a gifted performer without a hint of artifice and the moments she relives for us are there again for us all. When she arrives at her place of peace and acceptance, we are there also.
A very unexpected delight, when expectations can be so vulnerable.
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