Theatre review: Minnie and Mona Play Dead
Eduinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Minnie and Mona Play Dead at Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 300), reviewed by Susan Mansfield
Minnie and Mona are best mates. Minnie likes animals and games about ants and unicorns. Mona likes playing at burning your hands on the cooker and playing dead. In fact, it quickly becomes clear that she has an unhealthy obsession with all things to do with self-harm and death.
In this production by young company The Duck House, from Perth, Australia, actors Gita Bezard and Arielle Gray skilfully animate these two characters who sometimes seems like children and at other times like knowing teenagers.
In between these scenes, they appear as the writer (Jeffrey Jay Fowler) and the director (Kathryn Osborne) to explain that the play is about suicide, and to talk about their personal relationship with the subject.
Fowler’s writing is bright and imaginative, and quickly sketches out a picture of the interaction between one depressive friend and her sunnier companion. But one is left wanting to understand more about why Mona wants to die.
The decision to interweave their story with a further layer of fiction about the play’s making is clever, but means that these two captivating characters never quite get room to explain themselves.
MORE INFO: Minnie and Mona Play Dead is at Underbelly
Originally published in The Scotsman