Hazel is up the duff, ready to party and wondering if she's cut out for motherhood — all the makings of a side-splitting piece of theatre.
May 08, 2023
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Griffin Theatre Company is the self-proclaimed "theatre of first chances". Championing original new works from Aussie playwrights, the Kings Cross spot makes a mission of providing creative opportunities — and has taken exceptional bodies of work to the stage in the process. To note: it world premiered the now-Aussie darlings Prima Facie and City of Gold. This month, it's bringing us Eloise Snape's one-woman show Pony.
This particular one woman is Hazel (Briallen Clarke, pictured) and audiences are joining her as she lives her life before the outrageously obvious imminent arrival of her first born. Expect to split your sides as the reality tv-obsessive navigates baby showers and buckwild nights out, reality-affirming ultrasounds and midwife meetings — plus the almighty weight of the fact there's a life-altering force about to be born into her world.
Shortlisted for a handful of prestigious awards (Queensland Premier's Drama Award 2022–23; Griffin Award 2022; Patrick White Playwrights Award 2022), Pony is truly not one to be missed. From an all-female team comes the main attraction for a spectacular night out, delivering a culture trip full to the brim with red-hot wit, crass vaginal innuendos and a truly authentic telling of the whirlwind of anxious anticipation that comes right before parenthood. (The inspiration behind Pony comes from Snape's own experience of becoming a mother.) So, wrangle your mates, book your tickets and plan to grab a pre-Pony bev at the theatre's Penny Cook Bar before settling in to this laugh-a-minute piece of theatre.
'Pony' takes to the stage at Griffin Theatre Company from Friday, May 12 till Saturday, June 17. For more information and to nab your tickets, head to the website.
Imagery: Brett Boardman.
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