LAVA at the BUSH
Lava - Hot molten (semi fluid) rock that has been expelled from the interior of a planet (earth or the moon) out to the surface
When I think about Lava it reminds me of rage. The kind of rage that spends years (or a lifetime) bubbling up inside of you. That will eventually explode! And living on a planet where your brightness - that individual sparkling GOD - is constantly supressed, the explosion of this rage will destroy statues - as well as anyone/thing else in its path!
Hotter than Fire is Lava.
And Hotter than Fire is Ronke Adekoluejo's performance in this one woman powerful performance of Lava!
The energy of Ronke is unmatchable. And the play starts off with a dance performance full of life and vibes.
Now, with theatre's practising social distance seating and the capacity barely half - when I say words like POWERFUL performance and VIBES I mean them. Having experienced how much energy is needed for a one woman show personally, I know for sure that that this energy that Ronke possesses supersedes training and taps into that individual sparkling GOD! The eruption before the drippings of Lava. POW!
The song was beyonce... but the energy was this.
To a majority white audience... that to say the least are very conservative with their responses!
The play takes you on a journey of belonging.
We meet a woman (addressed only as First Name/ Last Name) that has been brought up in many places, namely South Africa, Ireland and England that never really fits in.
Ronke plays the characters of the Woman, Mum, Younger self and Boyfriend well, as we are taken onboard in understanding how control, ownership and colonisation is embedded in
- Your name
- How you are named
- And why some of our actual names are missing
PASS the PORT - who decides?
Have you read my review - Call ME by YOUR name.
And as someone who still walks with my sir(s)NAME bound by their identity and restricted to explore the planet by a book - the Lava in me out pours.
Although I think this journey was one I could definitely relate to, and Ronke's performance was phenomenal - it landed flat. I feel this way because of the aforementioned audience. I feel this way because of the restrictions of the theatre. But mostly, I feel this way because of the last part of the play whereby it included critical reviews of British reviewers whilst simultaneously asking throughout 'is Britain racist?'
Who are you talking to.... I mean the majority of the audience is...
Performance by Ronke Adekoluejo ✮✮✮✮✮
Lava the play ✮✮✮✮✮