The loving mother, the stoic father, the son and only-child fumbling through life. A relatable reality for so many, this new work brings a story about one family with milestones a million and more families could relate to. This new work takes you through the inner workings of a family’s dynamics. Going from husband and wife to parent and parent, and how it affects the parent and son relationship. How do you know whether too much or too little love is what pushes a teenager to rebel and follow the demands of a bad influence?
The lovable characters are a pillar of the show’s watchability. Contrast is woven through the story. Between the light hearted moments of Vi and Victor’s courting, their excitement of a happy future and the difficult reality of the relationship changing, indirectly strained by their son, Callum, with his own agenda. The old, tattered Volvo acts as an anchor in the show, connecting the show’s past to its present. A testament to how life is the same until it is completely different. As the show progresses, Callum spirals into a downward trajectory of no return, leaving Vi and Callum finding their own ways of coping, but in very different ways.
Vi’s character is certainly the light source of the show. Only making it more heartbreaking when it’s shown, through her pain, that sometimes life doesn’t always come back around and tie itself in neat knots. It’s messy and hard to live through. With a plot that reflects this unfortunate truth, this work is as hard hitting as it is real. Laced with charming dialogue and moments of soulful poignance, this piece of theatre is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Victor, Vi and the Volvo
12:15 @ Paradise in the Vault