Baby Baby – Whats on Stage Review

February 17, 2009 | Filed Under Reviews 

The plot is centered round Pinkie and April, who have different friends, fashion, tastes and attitudes. Pinky with her bright pink punk hair, hippy charity shop clothes and biker boots lives in another world from April, with her nice tops, skinny jeans and snow white trainers. They are as different as girls can be. Being fifteen is the only thing they share until contrasting events give them another thing in common – they both become pregnant, and their two worlds collide at Tinley Road School for young mums.

A two-hander play, Hannah Donaldson (April) and Ashley Smith (Pinkie) give spirited and confident performances of their central roles as well as effortlessly switching on cue to play a variety of the play’s other characters including April and Pinkie’s mothers, which gives an informative insight into their own mother/daughter relationships.

Smith pitches her performance of street-wise and self-assured Pinkie at just the right level – conveying her character’s cockiness and abruptness without alienating her audience.

She moves effortlessly from joy and independency to anger, realization and eventual maturity. Donaldson on the other hand has a very different job on her hands as nice girl April who loses her virginity in completely different circumstances. Both actresses display their comic and dramatic abilities with extreme style and manage to embrace the audience beautifully with immaculate and well-paced delivery.

The production is directed by Jemima Levick who keeps both girls very much on their toes in a perfectly paced production on a simple set designed by Lisa Sangster, with limited props including two add-on costume bumps which effectively symbolize the girls pregnancies and eventual births.

A thought-provoking and moving play about prejudices, perceptions and parenting and how these attitudes impact our choices in life, Baby Baby is a well written, directed and acted piece of theatre which certainly seemed to be well received by its primarily young opening night audience, giving everyone something to think about on the way home.

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