Theatre Review: Julia Robertson Shines in Blueberry Play
Intimate and breathtaking, it would be an understatement to say that Blueberry Play makes you feel. Solo lead Julia Robertson performs with comic excellence in this one woman show, provoking emotions that are only felt when truly experiencing a work of art.
Emerging playwright Ang Collins has superbly created a story that is funny, relatable, and full of raw emotion. Blueberry Play effortlessly takes the audience on a journey filled with copious amounts of hot sauce, Dave the fat lab and a teenage girl from a small town trying to navigate her way through life with her sick dad.
Being from an Australian small town herself, it’s plain to see that Collins has stayed true to her roots. This is reflected through mentions of chugging choc milk, rip curl schoolbags and various other mentions of truly relatable nuances throughout the play. It was the little things that made you feel like you were a part of this story and provoked a sense of familiarity and nostalgia.
Ultimately, Blueberry Play tells a story of strength and not giving up. Unapologetically filled with raw emotion, Collins’ playwriting voice is refreshing, comical and sharp. If you want to see a play that’s sure to resonate with you, I could not recommend Blueberry Play enough.