4 Women, 5 Plays
What do you get when you put four women in a liposuction clinic discussing issues like weight, insecurities and relationships?
What you get is”The Most Massive Woman Wins”, a Peacock Theatre Production made up of five one act skits that tells the touching and hilarious stories of four women and what life experiences landed them in a plastic surgeon’s office.
It is modern and it is thought provoking, says Nicole Fair Bhatti, who plays the role of one of the four women, and describes the production as a fast-moving play that explores universal themes and offers something different for Bahamian theater audiences.
“It’s something that all women can relate to,”says Fair Bhatti.”Any man who has had a relationship with a woman can also relate. It is also something that is new to Bahamian audiences because the characters change so quickly.”
The five one act plays–The Most Massive Woman Wins, Happy Talkin’, Dr Fritz or the Forces of Light, Everywoman, and Your Mother’s Butt–are a mixture of comedy and drama.
The idea to put them all together was Jules Carey’s, a drama teacher at St. Andrew’s School. Carey; Fair Bhatti; Mary Knowles, an English teacher at St. Andrew’s School; and Justice von Maur, 15, a St. Andrew’s student, make up the cast.
The direction of the production is a group effort. And one of the skits, Everywoman, was written, work-shopped, directed and acted by Carey and Fair Bhatti.
From an actor’s perspective it is definitely a challenge.
“It pushes the boundaries, it’s real acting,”says Fair Bhatti who delivered a standout performance in last year’s Shakespeare in Paradise production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. In fact it was that performance that led to her involvement in this production.
“I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s definitely testing me as an actor.”
Each role can embody about 15 characters, with many wardrobe changes–and changes in accent and body language–in a production that runs just under two hours.
Work started on”The Most Massive Woman Wins”in January, and perhaps marks a new chapter in the revival of local theater that started years ago with Ringplay Productions and Track Road Theater.
For Fair Bhatti, it reminds her of an idea that she had when she first moved back to The Bahamas years ago, to develop a local scene for Black Box theater–a simple somewhat simple performance space that lends itself to a more intimate, interactive experience for the audience.
The Most Massive Woman Wins runs Friday, March 25 26 at The Hub, with showings at 8 p.m., and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday. There are also plans to stage the play at The Bahamas Historical Society on Shirley St and Elizabeth Avenue in May.
WHAT:The Most Massive Woman Wins
WHEN:Friday, March 25, 8 p.m.&Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
WHERE:The Hub, Bay St at Colebrook Lane