Buzzing

Theatre (solo show, comedy)

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Description

Newly divorced and over 50, Julie wants to put the "buzz" back in her life. After hosting an erotica party, Julie has to choose from products she was too embarrassed to handle earlier. 'Bit different from the Tupperware parties I used to have. No mention of an airtight seal, more about buzzing than burping'. As she mulls over her previous sexual experiences, she contemplates how she can move forward into the singles market. Will she find what she looking for? Come on the journey and find out.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Reception - Lift - Theatre
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

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Beth Hayward 4 days ago

I love this show. Debbie Bird has written a funny and heartfelt piece about what it’s like to have lost your way to an orgasm aged 50+. It’s a lovely evening of honesty and uplift. Get to see this show. You won’t regret a moment spent in this lady’s company.

Natasha Graul 5 days ago

'Buzzing' was such an easy light watch, i laughed from start to finish. Debbie's ability to swap from each emotion was incredible, changing characters midway to add even more drama to the performance,
This was actually my first show i watched at Edfringe 2019 & what a way to start, left giggling to myself!

Marc Antoine 6 days ago

Loved it!

Calum Campbell 6 days ago

'Buzzing'
Written and performed by Debbie Bird
Director Mark Farrelly.
Venue 277 PQA venues @riddles Court Q3
Five Stars

As a 50 something male, I approached this show with some apprehension. I’d read all the blurb, and this seemed to be a show targeted at women, and maybe women of a particular age: ‘Newly divorced and over 50, Julie wants to put the "buzz" back in her life. After hosting an erotica party, Julie has to choose from products she was too embarrassed to handle earlier’ it stated. My head was inundated with pictures of giggling and inebriated ‘girls’ night out’ audiences, guffawing at each reference to vibrators or sexual innuendo, with each anti-male comment supported by a rousing cheer. How wrong I was. From the small stage at Riddles Court came a big show, perfectly crafted by writer/performer Debbie Bird and director Mike Farrelly, steeped in honesty and authenticity, and with a message for all genders and persuasions.

'Buzzing' has us following Julie, a newly divorced, perimenopausal, self-doubting, 50+ woman on a journey of discovery: a journey to re-build self-esteem and her place as a vibrant, sexual, and confident woman. She is still trapped by her married existence, 20 years with the same sexual partner, and frustrated by the restrictive stereotypical expectations of terms such as ‘mother’. Julie’s journey takes us through the history and use of vibrators, attempts at forming new relationships, the ups and downs of online dating, the joys and embarrassments of sex, and finally to an awareness of self… self-belief, self-respect, and self-acceptance.

Simply put, Debbie Bird is outstanding, whilst remaining invisible. Within minutes she has created such a believable and compelling character that only Julie exists on stage. She performs with such natural honesty that a world develops around her, expanding and replacing the minimalist staging and props.

From the off, Debbie disarms, chats, and befriends. Her initial vulnerability entices the audience even closer, and subtly she creates a caring army of confidants as she opens her soul and thoughts to the onlooker. Thus, we were trapped by her spell, in her world, feeling the ups and downs and embarrassments, the humour and the hurt, and we rejoiced and felt proud of her as she came to her final understanding. Glorious.

'Buzzing' is not about blame, it’s about personal experience and growth. Debbie is a spokeswoman for the ‘invisible women’, subsumed by the limiting cultural expectations of age and terms such as ‘mother’ or ‘grandmother’. Whether intentional or not, Buzzing is as relevant to males as it is females, and left this 50+ male in contemplation of his own life.
A must see


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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 4 days ago

“Now, I’ve never been promiscuous”, says Debbie Bird, a middle-aged divorcee ready to delve into the world of one-night stands. After an unhealthy sex life in her 24 years of marriage, Bird attempts to seek out some new men but doesn’t know where to start or how to pursue them....

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 5 days ago

“Let’s go girls.” Shania Twain’s playing, the room is lit like a nightclub and on stage there’s a bottle of white wine and some vibrators. ...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 7 days ago

“Now, I’ve never been promiscuous”, says Debbie Bird, a middle-aged divorcee ready to delve into the world of one-night stands. [...] She’s a confident and audacious performer, and her narrative will be incredibly relevant to many.

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Theatre and Art Reviews (4/5 stars) 7 days ago

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!

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Within Her Words (3.5/5 stars) 7 days ago

Buzzing is fun and empowering with a great performance and lots of laughs.

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 9 days ago

There’s no denying that Bird is a talented performer and sensitive writer, acknowledging the intimacy and natural awkwardness of the subjects she tackles but not forcing it upon her audience. Most of the character’s quips and anecdotes land well with the audience, evoking guilty chuckles and at times, more impressively, captivated silences.

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