Review – Day of the Dead
The subject of death is not an easy one to crack jokes about, especially when dealing with the very sensitive issue of cancer. Cath Styles narrates the story of a particularly harrowing year where three of her most lovely loved ones were taken from her. As a result she began seeing death everywhere, and she really wasn’t a fan.
Cath’s portrayal of her rather quirky family is a very nice one; you can really feel how much she loves these people and in fact all the people in her life. In the wake of these three brutal blows, Cath and her sister decided to visit the Day of the Dead; a traditional Mexican holiday surrounding death and those who have passed away. This experience opened her eyes to the rather morose and taboo relationship Australians have with death, and how perhaps if we did as the Mexicans do then maybe we wouldn’t be so afraid of this whole passing-away business.
I liked her depiction of the various characters in her life and I know that this is a topic many people can personally and deeply relate to. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as funny or light-hearted as I would have hoped, and I felt it may have worked better in a theatre setting rather than a comedy venue.