Debbie Birds new Edinburgh show Buzzing tells the story of Julie. Recently separated from her husband of over twenty years. Life back in the single market isn’t what she had planned as she approached 50.
How do you rebuild your life after such a long time with the same sexual partner? Routines and familiarity often take away your ability to let yourself go and know who you are.
The variety of sex aids used during the play are all explained and demonstrated how they work and the pleasure you can derive from them. Although not physically, unless the end of your nose counts!
Although ending up alone as she approached 50 the new discovery of the enjoyment of sex combined with her journey into self-discovery gives a strong positive message to anyone who finds themselves in the same situation and it’s surprisingly common.
Women of a certain age who have experienced similar events will no doubt relate to this play and Bird speaks for a generation who are usually deemed past it and invisible. The reality could not be any further from the truth.
This isn’t just a play for women though. I dare say the men in the audience had an eye-opening experience too along with an insight into how many women of a certain age really think.
Nothing is off-limits in this frank, open and honest heartfelt story. It’s certainly about time someone gave a voice to these ladies. Bird has done exactly that showing a certain generation also knows how to see the funny side of life too!
Written and performed by Debbie Bird
Directed by Mark Farrelly.