It is impossible to describe Zoe McDonald as a single entity; her show FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is a star-studded event of a cast of 10 exceptional characters… All embodied by the one Ms McDonald herself.
McDonald transitions effortlessly between pushy producer Pamela, to local beautician Dina and even a brief cameo by Melanie Brown of Spice Girl fame and more recently Jenny Craig’s spokes model.
McDonald is absolutely charming throughout the one-hour, one-woman caricature of society’s stereotypes. Set within a talkback radio session, the obviously uncomfortable Zoe is forced to confront all aspects of her anxiety and touches on some poignant insecurities’ that plague many in today’s highly pressurised environment.
Be it age, weight, career or sexuality, McDonald is an open book on the subject. Through her array of highly entertaining characters, the audience is given a peek into the psyche of the modern day woman struggling to make peace with herself.
What McDonald has created is a finely tuned performance where each intricate movement, tone and mannerism is explored and perfected.
There is absolutely no doubt of McDonald’s extraordinary acting talent and impeccable comedic timing. As she flips between Zumba instructor, saccharine British radio personality or sexually confused tattoo artist, the audience is immediately drawn in.
McDonald is an incredible example of Melbourne talent (I’m claiming her as our own, even though she is a Newcastle native) who is able to keep the audience in the palm of her hand in a production that could become quickly confusing for an inattentive audience.
In what could be described as “multiple personality disorder” McDonald nails the greatest fear of the current generation. The FOMO. Are we so busy achieving that we are missing out somewhere along the way? Do we give our career precedence of personal relationships, or the other way around? If we spend so much time worrying about our looks or age, will we miss out on enjoying our youth?
Underneath the humour, there is a deeper concerning thought that we must all face; do I have the FOMO?
One thing is for sure, you certainly don’t want to miss out on McDonald’s stellar show.
Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy and The Present Tense Ensemble present
FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out
Venue: Northcote Town Hall | 189 High St, Northcote
Dates: 26 Mar – 13 April, 2014
Tickets: $17.50 – $27.50
Bookings: 9481 9500 | darebinarts.com.au