I’ve never taken the time to sit back and think about what would happen if a war met the shores of modern day Australia. Would there be a conscription? Would I go? Would I talk to those who had gone before? For this Fringe, Lucy Brewer and Chelsea Griffith paired up to tell a story loaded with questions for the millennial generation, including the ones previously listed.
Millennial Pink Poppies tells the story of half-sisters Bobby and Orla struggling to let go of their ‘fond-of-a-drink’ father’s ashes. Spanning over a few months of nights out, nights in, deep conversations with their family friend Alfie and YouTube ‘filmmaker’ Kit (Brad Mccarthy), and the ever looming call to conscription. Extremely reminiscent of Tomorrow When The War Began, but highly more relatable.
The two-part tale was set in the tunnels under The Adina’s Treasury. It was one of the more interactive shows of the Fringe as the audience were led by glow sticks to the next scene. There was a lot of anticipation in moments of silence, waiting to see if we were all about to rise from our seats and hustle to the next room. What would seem like a disjointed aspect, became one that actively kept you on the edge of your seat as you fell into Bobby and Orla’s past.
For a show focusing on some pretty heavy topics, it still had it’s funny moments. Highlights include the fiasco with the couch and the running seriousness of a YouTube ‘filmmaker’. They played extremely well with the Tunnels, making it one of the cooler Fringe venues of the season.
A monologue heavy show that was truly carried by its actors. Even if Millennial Pink Poppies was set on a traditional stage, it would have been as engaging and thought provoking due to the chemistry between it’s cast. A particular stand out is Alfie, played by Marley Reid. Upon leaving the show it was his delivery of the decision to stay, whether conscripted or not, that stuck around in my head.
A lot of this show stuck around in my head. Millennial Pink Poppies asked questions we, as a generation, have never really had to think about before. If theatre is meant to make you think, they hit the nail on the head with this one. Hopefully it doesn’t take another Fringe to see what Lucy Brewer and Chelsea Griffith get up to next.
Rating: 4/5 stars.