This is a one-woman show featuring a young actor who looks like she is having the time of her life, and that there is no other place she would rather be. Hannah Malarski plays Bushpig, an Australian girl who leaves the countryside for “the big smokes”. It is not clear if the story is auto-biographical in any way, but it is evident that both Malarski and Bushpig are destined to be great storytellers.
The play takes on a simple structure, with Malarski portraying the lead character, as well as multiple incidental characters who come into Bushpig’s story. There is a lot of mimicry and playful appropriation of voices and accents, which the audience thoroughly enjoys. Malarski excels at a comedy which is about characterisation, and thrills with every transformation and with every introduction of a new persona. She is an accomplished comedic actor, and one longs to see her in a bigger production, interacting with other performers.
Plot-wise, Bushpig does not offer very much. There are no big dramatic moments, or great spiritual messages, but it defiantly tells the story of an independent female from childhood to adulthood, without mention of romance, marriage or motherhood. Bushpig sprouts from a simple country town, but she stands gallantly on her own two feet.