Theatre Review: "Unrule" is Feminist Horror at its Finest
It’s shark week, the painters are in and Aunty Flo’s come to visit; whatever you call it period-having women deal with a whole lot of blood, and a fair bit of horror. Unrule, the Blue Room’s latest feminist exploration, embodies the witchy power women bring to this absurd world.
If you identify as a woman or you’ve ever met one, or even if you haven’t, creator Michelle Aitken brings to the stage the perfect series of vignettes full of quirky comedy and touching tragedy that make up the female experience. Combining screen cast technology to conceptualise the female body in abstract form and homegrown hair monsters creates a tapestry of stories weaved together to tell the audience what it is to be female.
A cosy, backyard theatre vibe is created with snacks (yes snacks) and a theatre tune to top it all off. Unrule is your best mates telling you their deepest secrets, weirdest quirks and most embarrassing moments. You may not remember exactly what they said but you’ll remember how they made you feel, and Unrule left me feeling hopeful for a female future.
Whether you’re mid cycle, got the first day blues or you’ve never washed period blood out of your pjs at 2am in your life, Unrule is for you.
Header image by Susie Blatchford from Pixel Poetry.