Olivia McLeod: Pash

MICF-Olivia-McLeod-PASHCreated and performed by Olivia McLeod, Seemingly Wholesome Productions presents PASH at The Motley Bauhaus, as part of the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, from 29 March.

Sweet 16 would’ve been alright. Twenty-four and never been kissed is just sad. Max is on a mission. Her 25th birthday is in just one week, and she’s desperate to have her first kiss with someone (anyone) before she hits her quarter-life crisis.

She’s no longer waiting to pash Romeo, Rapunzel, or the masked musical genius that lives beneath the Paris Opera House. It might end up being Davo from the local, but that’s better than nothing, right?

Directed by Miranda Middleton (Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts, Not Today), PASH has been created and is performed by Olivia McLeod (SLUTNIK, Alice in Wonderland) and with sound design by Samantha Andrew (Baby Bi Bi Bi, Tik Tok).

Written after a year without intimacy, this monologue is about the phenomenon of first kisses. In a world where a hookup is only a few swipes away, Pash asks why becoming one half of a whole is such a pivotal milestone. Is true love really worth waiting for, and what will Max have to sacrifice to catch up to her peers?

Come with Max as she navigates the murky waters of hookup culture, being an “adult”, and navigating the hellish underground of your early twenties when you feel just a bit… behind.

“McLeod cultivates a beautiful level of intimacy with the audience.” – The Dialog

Olivia McLeod: Pash
Black Box – The Motley Bauhaus, 118 Elgin Street, Carlton
Season: 30 March – 3 April 2022 (preview: 29 March)
Information and Bookings: www.comedyfestival.com.au

Image: Olivia McLeod (supplied)