Olivia McLeod: Pash

MICF22-Olivia-McLeod-PashA highlight on the cultural capital’s artistic calendar, the beloved Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back for another year with an opprtunity to indulge on performances from seasoned veterans to up-and-coming performers.

Making her Comedy Festival debut in the intimate surrounds of the Black Box at The Motley Bauhaus, Olivia McLeod delivers a fresh take on the phenomenon of first kisses with PASH.

Written after a year without intimacy and in a world where a hookup is only a few swipes away, PASH tells the tale of Max and her mission, through a series of encounters, to be kissed before her 25th Birthday.

Bringing Max and an assortment of characters to life in a whip-smart hour long monologue on a journey of self-discovery, McLeod’s writing is on point and concise. Not only a wonderful performer, PASH showcases her ability as a consumate storyteller.

Featuring an assortment of props and strategically placed furniture, PASH is simply staged. Miranda Middleton’s direction is slick and rhythmic, featuring a roll-call of encounters from work-place infatuations, through to awkward dates and a high-energy aerobics class, whilst tackling the subjects of sibling rivalry and consent.

Be quick, this short season at The Motley Bauhaus has only one performance left – one can only hope that McLeod will present PASH again in the not-so-distant future. McLeod is certainly a performer to look out for.

Olivia McLeod: Pash
Black Box – The Motley Bauhaus, 118 Elgin Street, Carlton
Performance: Tuesday 29 March 2022
Season continues to 3 April 2022
Information and Bookings: www.comedyfestival.com.au

Image: Olivia McLeod as Max in PASH (supplied)

Review: Rohan Shearn