You feel like your life doesn't reach beyond your couch.
Like it's anchored and the chain is tied around your waist
weighing you down
You've given what feels like decades of your life to this couch
losing your will to live on this couch
been shown the most tender kindness on this couch
felt abandoned and forgotten on this couch
straight up lied about how you were feeling on this couch
bitten your tongue
written sorry in tears and blood
watched life passively
the whole world out there
but you're just on this couch
All rights reserved.
One doesn't think that giving a child a gift can be the root of all their problems. And what a gift, the gift of life.
You can't. You can't get up. But you put this smile on. Hiding in plain sight. No one knows. No one can see how crippled you are.
I won't let you forget me, not now that I'm here.
God, a Female and an Unborn Baby Girl. Each has their troubles, troubles of the female variety.
Kolbrún developed Troubles of the Female Variety whilst being mentored by Alan McKendrick at Playwrights' Studio Scotland as part of their Mentorship Programme 2017. An extract was shared at the CCA on the 20th of July 2017, directed by Stasi Schaeffer.
The piece is an exploration of how something so insignificant as the lining of your womb being in the wrong place can affect every faction of your life. It also stars God as a 60+ woman and an Unborn Baby Girl.
An excerpt was accepted into the Traverse Theatre's flagship project for new writing, Words Words Words and was performed 20th of May 2016. You can read the audience feedback below:
'brilliant depiction. In depth description, the honesty.'