Elena Voce in MOTHERLOAD! by Urban Foxes Collective. Credit Thomas Voce Siriani3.jpeg

Seen at Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the 11th of August 2022

5 stars – hilarious & provoking

Mother Nature is not in good health. And it’s not because of delivering so many sons and daughters; they made her grow stronger with the power of creation. But at some point, humankind stopped being grateful towards her and celebrating her gifts; they started burning fossil minerals and polluting with garbage that doesn’t decompose. Now she is here to challenge her own offspring with the question: should we have babies at the end of the world?

At the beginning of her TED Talk, Mother Nature (Elena Voce) provides a picture of the state of the planet today – her own old fur coat sewn with plastic bottles, kitchen gloves, and a Deliveroo branded piece of cloth gives an idea of it. She then starts giving a brief account of her own story, always in an ironic, exhilarating way.

Elena Voce is great at managing interactions with the public, and glorious performing this one-woman show. Saskia Marland’s clever direction eases the play’s flow even further. The Urban Foxes Collective, founded by the two women, provides thus a new, brilliant comedy that urges the audience to face questions concerning climate crisis and motherhood. Its provoking suggestions might not be the only answer, but only if concrete and radical action is immediately undertaken.

Aug 3-14; 7.30 pm

Running time: 1 hour  

Venue 26: SummerHall – Red Lecture Theatre

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