Message across universes
TURNING 30 might freak some people out, but for almost-30 writer and director Jessica Messenger it proved a source of creative inspiration for her play Multiverse Theory in D.
“The show actually began as a writing exercise when I was in the Black Swan Young Writers Group in 2012,” Messenger said.
“We were asked to write a 10minute piece in response to the provocation ‘And Then What?’. I became fascinated with this idea, that choice can be paralysing rather than empowering and so the question changed to become ‘What if?’.
“As a very busy mother, artist and business woman I wanted to explore this idea that the modern day woman can have it all, balanced with the reality that ‘having it all’ isn't always what it is cracked up to be.”
Messenger, artistic director of rebranded independent theatre company Ellandar, said Multiverse Theory in D focused on the character Naomi who, on the eve of her 30th birthday, starts experiencing three different versions of her life – career-driven double income no kids, sultry jazz singer and hippy mother.
“The show plays with physics, jazz music and complex interpersonal relationships to explore Naomi's strong desire to escape her life,” she said.
“It is a playful, funny, musical and hopefully very sensitive look at depression and communication.”