BWW Review: MAY CONTAIN SEX SCENES Surprises in Sensual Sexploration at Emerald City, Meat Market
Sabrina Martin, Kiwi creative chanteuse, has brought a sensory delight from across the ditch for an interactive and insightful evening discovering the mystery and magnificence of the female orgasm in May Contain Sex Scenes. The show is difficult to review, as a great deal of its power lies in its element of surprise and uninformed, unprepared discovery - which is perhaps already indicative of its themes. Purchasing a ticket will require your familiarity with your comfort zone, a willingness to step outside of it, and a desire to enjoy the sensation of being outside it where you may find a new peak of arousal, or a profound respect for the sexuality of the woman which in our culture is not nearly as liberated as we'd like to think looking at the media today.
Martin's post-verbal prowess transcends the traditions of performance, and audiences who are triggered by participation should take a friend. You can do it alone, but it's more fun with two...as it were. The varying uses of consent in the work showed some level of understanding about the potential impact of the work, which is exciting; this isn't a shock factor show, but a genuine experience to engage with both internally and content-wise. The creative team of Gen Fowler, Bop Murdoch (great name), and Sylvie McCreanor delivered a movable feast for all five senses, pulled off with polish. The use of audio and tactile elements was inspired; as was Martin's execution of these where although coming across as girlish, felt steady in her role and delivered the transitioning nature of the female discovery of self across the work powerfully.
All in all, a realised concept that gives audiences access to a place many of them possess, but potentially very few have really truly explored the importance of.