Sexual. Education. Two words that can strike fear into the hearts of parents and elicit cheeky giggles from teenagers. Whether we learnt about the birds and the bees from our parents, or the inner machinations of our sexual organs from the weird PE teacher at high school, there was always a resounding sense of awkwardness, a stigma of guilt and shame surrounding these conversations. But perhaps this is to our detriment. Cookies & Cream, playing at the Noel Lothian Hall in the Botanic Gardens, explores the squirmy nature of sex ed in a quirky and confronting hour long show.
Written by award winning playwright Zachary Sheridan, Cookies & Creams navigates itself through the romantic escapades of Debbie, a teenager who has just broken up with her first serious boyfriend. From learning about penises and vaginas in year 6, to her first kiss at the blue light disco the audience is taken on a jocular journey of Debbie’s bone crushingly awkward sexual encounters.
Throughout the play you can’t help but cast your mind back to your own thorny experiences. The awkward slow dances at the school disco, watching a raunchy movie with mum and dad, or not knowing how to make a move on your first date. Cookies & Cream is raw and it’s relatable.
Brilliantly performed by four recent graduates of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Cookies & Cream will have you laughing out loud from start to end. Jam packed with physical comedy and a constant breaking of the fourth wall, the audience is invited into the life of Debbie and her friends and can gain an understanding of her perceived shortcomings in the realm of love and relationships.
The play does, however, touch on some poignant issues. Issues that teenagers face today, where talking about their own sexual preferences becomes a stigmatised conversation. The play questions this, and asks the audience to consider whether we would be much happier and healthier if we were able to talk about these issues openly.
Cookies & Cream is a delightful, brilliantly acted, and energetic hour of physical comedy.
4 out of 5 stars