“Everyone you know is going to die” is the first lesson the audience are confronted with in this profound and stunning show.

As soon as you enter the venue you are personally greeted by protagonist Bella and her charming assistant Eva, before they start a presentation on their 17-step guide to dealing with mortality.

The act jumps between lecture and narrative, accompanied by Eva’s wonderful and mischievous piano. The pace of the play and the outstanding performances keep the balance between sadness and comedy perfectly, leaving you laughing and holding back your tears at the same time.

Everything in this act is beautifully crafted, from the music, to the script to the presentation itself. It is a true masterpiece and an absolute pleasure to watch. By far my favourite show of the year, and I suspect it will remain that way for some years to come.

Words by: Mariana Mercado

My World Has Exploded a Little Bit, Underbelly Cowgate, Aug 5–28, 1:10pm

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