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Review - Love letters to F**kbois : relatable to the point of tears


Photo: Nick Bleeker

Love letters to F**kbois

Written and Created by Wightman and Stark

Metro Arts

Edward Street

Brisbane City

Season runs until August 18. Bookings: www.metroarts.com.au

Have you ever had those moments where you just want your friends to gather around you and let you have a good cry and whinge about those pesky boys or girls that make your life both a heaven and a hell? And with that in mind, have you ever written a letter to said boy or girl but never sent it?

Love Letters to F**kbois attempts to explore the phenomenon that is the f**kboy from the perspective of women everywhere, creating stereotypical scenarios drawn from a glass jar and played out for all to relate with.

If I were to describe this production in a few words I would say: relatable to the point of tears. And at times there were a few tears being shed by the audience and actors alike as both Melina Wightman and Lia Stark laid out their vulnerabilities for about an hour accompanied by the dulcet piano tones of Jayce McNeill.

Not only did this production highlight the stories of the two women on stage but also gave the opportunity for the audience members to tell their stories and their moments with the men and women that broke their respective hearts.

With a glass of bubbly in hand, the sense of community was palpable, lending a unique touch to the whole experience.

What made this show so enjoyable was not only the very intimate way in which it was carried out, and the way the audience was given a chance to be heard, but also the fact that it was real. The words spoken and anecdotes enacted were real stories that came to life through the actions of two young women just trying to make their mark on the scene.

While this was not a debut for Wightman or Stark, Love Letters to F**kbois certainly created a sense of anticipation for something more like it. Not only did the audience leave the venue feeling touched by what had just transpired but we knew we had borne witness to something special.

I hope that more theatre like this transpires and that it provides a safe space for young thespians or indeed, just young adults to air their grievances and provide the world with more art, more profundity and more laughs.

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