If a picture tells a thousand words, then a theatrical performance from the multi-talented Nadia Collins says all that and more with comedic, and oft times X-rated, precision.
Reacquaint yourself with the story of the Virgin Mary, only in this translation Mary has been transported to modern day with modern day problems. Just like our beloved Blues Brothers, (cult classic 1980 movie for our millennial readers), Mary is on a mission from God. She needs to become pregnant with the baby Jesus. She needs to choose a sperm donor.
If you’ve lost your way and are looking for a little spiritual redemption, maybe don’t look here. But if you want to feel secure in your own pious approach to life come and join Mary in her sanctuary. The hauntingly ethereal music subdues the parishioners who enter the downstairs refuge of The Butterfly Club as intruders upon a young Mary who kneels before you in sacred contemplation.
Right away Mary’s love for the Bible is unabashedly and lustfully portrayed. She invites you to join her in a reading. I can honestly say I have never experienced such a reading. So much said in so few words. Following is the traditional sharing of wine (as we drink the blood of Christ), and cracker (as we share in the body of Christ) and cheese… wait… what? At this point it’s fair to say our spiritual leader has turned party host and things get wild. This may be the most uniting congregation you will ever attend.
And now the biblical story of Mary, summoned by the almighty to be mother to the saviour child unfolds. Told like never before -there are no words, literally. If I hadn’t seen it myself I wouldn’t have believed you could tell this story in its entirety without an utterance. Not a chapter is missed. Not a sentiment left out. From the jealous husband to the police chase; to arrival at the stable where Mary is visited by three generous Kings, all the way to the joyous, and terrifying birth. The ride is fast paced and delivered with such emotion all from the body of one very talented woman. Collins is spirited, surprising, and elastic – yes I said elastic!
If you’re unfamiliar with the story of the Virgin Mary, it’s probably for the best. Immerse yourself in this modern-day version and get a little irreligious with the fabulously funny Nadia Collins. Exercise your funny muscles and prepare to be irreverently religious as “You get wise, you get to church” (another Blues Bros quote) If you’ve never seen Collins in action, do yourself a favour and get to this show. You won’t see another like it.
Review by Tanya Corocher