Setting the scene.... each actor came on to perform their part,
mainly in soliloquy with some imaginary conversation partner, did
their bit, audience applause & lights dimmed as the next performer
then takes their position in the dark or walked on stage when the
lights go up.
Lucy's character....... well, what can we say, she took her position
in the dark, lights out ready for us to see what she was going to
do. Lights up... and Lucy is bending over with her butt stuck up in
the air at the audience as her character is peeing in the streets
!! (for those with keen hearing, you actually knew it was Lucy on
stage by the groan she let out as she was peeing - think A Tale of
Two Muses toilet scene). [Dressed in, umm, help, a dress, don't ask
me about colour, a shade of green or was it grey but it was open
She proceeds to have an hysterical drunken
"conversation" with an officer about men & women peeing in the
streets, the rights & wrong, inequalities, I forget the actual
words, but do remember her going from drunken character peeing &
arguing to suddenly striking a goddess statue with grace & pose (and
The audience reaction was one of much surprise to see "our very own
Lucy Lawless" be for many out of character, this is so unexpected,
doing such brazen comedy, getting into character and letting herself
go. She had them in fits of laughter, absolutely in the palm of her
hand - surprised her audience, shocked her audience, got them
laughing very quickly and worked it.
Did I mention she was hysterical :-) Awesome job.
I read afterwards that Lucy's segment was actually called "Woman
pissing" but you didn't know who was doing which part until they
came on stage, given the unknown number of actors for each segment
(if you hadn't seen the play before).
BARE itself was in parts fascinating, funny, deep, hysterical (one
of the funniest portrayals of a sex scene you are ever going to see
& hear), atypical Kiwi, thought provoking, funny, as some of the
individual characters' stories linked up & intertwined. If the aim
was connectiveness, we are one, the artists go it spot on for this
time. We are all connected, somehow, through someone,
somewhere. 6 degrees of separation, or in NZ probably a 2 or 3.
The person you talk to or help today, may go on to talk or help
someone else tomorrow.