REVIEW | You’re So Brave | Health and political upheaval explored

Review | Laura Money

You’re So Brave is writer/performer Georgi Ivers‘ memoir performance piece reflecting on her time as a Youth Ambassador to Hong Kong and how chronic pain and disease has affected her homecoming. Recounting her experiences from diagnosis to travel, and finding her place in the world, Ivers takes us on a nonlinear journey through her most intimate feelings. Accompanied by an intricate and clever set designed by Adelaide Harney, Ivers bends and shifts her memories into funny anecdotes and heartbreaking vignettes that reflect the huge feelings circulating a semi-broken body.

Bamboo themes permeate this work – from the silk and bamboo structure housing projections and providing a little intimacy for Georgi, (she reveals so much of herself it feels too formal to refer to her by surname) to the condition she suffers – bamboo spine. Georgi’s gentle nod to the condition that is always present through clever reminders is subtly and intelligently achieved. Vacillating between memory and motion, Georgi traces her personal history of pain and intertwines it with the political upheaval of her contemporaries in Hong Kong. As she struggled with her body attacking her, her counterparts struggled against authoritarian bodies. For Georgi, finding her feet meant finding the pole – enrolling in pole dancing classes, Georgi transcends the pain and moves elegantly and freely. Gifting the audience with a lesson in pole, Georgi’s life experiences culminate in the getting of wisdom – in acceptance and love of one’s flaws. She is every bit the fighter, which ironically makes her so brave.

Georgi Ivers gives a brave performance – she displays her bravery by exposing herself and baring her soul. It’s a delightful show that proves age is nothing compared to experience.

You’re So Brave is on at The Blue Room Theatre until 29th October 2022. TICKETS

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