Pros: Powerful and surreal
Cons: Lacked a bit of polish and the DJ´s role could have been clearer
When we first meet her, Joy is smoking and drinking a can of beer, dressed in a micro mini leather dress and with a large, vibrant afro. She is undoubtedly a powerful woman who is completely at ease with her sexuality, but over the course of the play we see that she is really a lost woman, dealing with heartbreak and not, perhaps, entirely stable. ‘Do you love me?’, she repeatedly asks her make-shift lover. ‘What do you want me to do?’. This makes for an interesting representation of the version of ourselves we let people see, versus the person we are when we have nothing to hide behind.
Joy tells powerfully of the psychological journey that comes after a one night stand, and runs the gamut of emotions, from anger at her lover’s lack of culture, to the desperation for him to connect with her. But when Joy finds a huge pile of bananas under the bed, then puts on a banana skirt and dances, the subtext is a howl of rage and protest at the legacy of colonialism, and the representation of women of colour as exotic and hyper-sexual. In such a small space, the vibration of the music is loud and the emotions on stage strong. Dina Gordon creates an interactive experience, as if Gordon is telling our own stories in this post S & M, post-colonialism, party scenario.