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The curtain went up on artist Georgia Gray’s play “DD MOOD” to the frenetic beat of Bakermat’s “One Day”, as German artist Natascha Goldenberg lit a cigarette, swept the floor and began to place a rainbow coloured assortment of glazed donuts (which looked suspiciously like painted bagels) onto a shelf. Day was breaking again at the DD shop, Saturday night’s backdrop to a collection of increasingly surreal characters and trippy set-ups. The audience, and I, settled in to watch the play, centred around a bakery that bore a sneaking resemblance to a chain of ubiquitous donut purveyors.
Director Georgia Gray wrote to me a few weeks ago asking me to play a spoilt donut hellion but I had to decline as I was out of town during rehearsals. Pangs of FOMO washed through me as I sat in the audience on the play’s closing night.
DD Mood ran for three nights at Neukölln’s experimental performance space, New Theatre. The imaginative play was full of funny, well-observed characters, from the self-indulgent manchild, his eccentric shrink and her giggling leather-baby typists to Goldenberg’s disinterested DD employee; nonchalantly dispensing donuts and coffee as she’s harassed by chocolate-fiending Spanish yoga divas and a bratty British nuclear family. Grayson Revoir played DD Mood’s regular-Joe protagonist, guiding us through the sugar-fuelled descent into the psychedelic with a couple of winning monologues about the spiritual qualities of sugar and fat.
After the play ended the crowd dispersed to the bar or to Berghain for performances from Dan Bodan and Kelela. I stayed for an Aperol Spritz and a quick chat with Georgia before heading to OHM to see 18+ play a selection of tracks from their new album including an energetic rendition of crowd favourite “Crow”.
Text by Ella Plevin
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