A woman scorned is nothing new. Neither is an exploration of the highs and lows of attraction, dating and love. But Farah Lawal’s spoken-word poetry breathes new life into a topic worn-thin in almost every medium. Lawal’s lyrical explorations of the themes close to every woman’s heart resonated with the audience sitting in the tiny space, aptly named ‘The Bedroom’ as we all found something familiar in her inspiring words.
The 70-minute solo performance is a collection of monologues on various themes, the first being love itself, describing its effect on everyone it touches. The piece flows enjoyably from one topic to another, with complementary lighting and a few props. The audience clucked and nodded along to recognizable circumstances, infused with both clever humor “why do you only want to see me at night?” Lawal asks, “I like lunches” and wise introspective empowerment, “my soul is too bright for that.”
Lawal continues in a diverse range of voices. There are humorous and painful moments, as we are taken through stories and questions about body image, an abusive relationship, not being able to love yourself enough to say no. The message is powerful: you have to find your soulmate, and that soulmate happens to be yourself. And never allowing someone else to change you, “my black coffee self turned into decaf.”
The audience is left with a final thought, “perhaps love is hope that the future will add up.” Indeed. The question is unanswerable, but Lawal aids us in that search with her thoughtful and exquisite voice.