Emergence


Pachamamas
Underbelly

A young woman travels to Columbia after her mother dies and is caught in the sweep of emotion and memories that the tragedy brings bubling up. The play examines many themes, but most of all finding a place in life. The duality of the identities being faced by the Finnish immigrant mother and her London raised daughter are interestingly offset from one another. The resulting conflict leads us through many years, as the girl grows from child to woman and her mother becomes more secluded and finds solace in writing about birds.

It's an interesting play, which relies heavily on well executed physical theatre and a fine singing voice on the part of the mortician-compère. The solid performances make this a touching musing on the passage of time, and what it means to be one's own person.

Reviewer: Graeme Strachan