Joske sets her sights on graduating from the Mature Learning Academy as an 'adult' so she can finally go out and live her life. What follows, is a series of satirical 'self-help' tests in a variety of categories, such as work, social skills, relationships and sex, to assess just how prepared Joske is at handling these situations as a fully-fledged adult. Sadly, she fails at each, but not without some laughs along the way.
Joske’s punch lines are well delivered and the flashbacks scenes are a touch of gold. One of the many great moments of the show is the "positive female affirmations" that play over the speakers as Joske gets changed into a different outfit. Joske's desperation to graduate, reaches a dramatic climax that you can see coming but are still and stunned and surprised by what has eventuated. The one serious moment of the show is executed extremely well and really pushes the message Joske is trying to say.
Become a Functional Adult in 45 Minutes offers a witty critique of modern society and the sexism and gender inequalities that are so prevalent within it. A memorable example of this is the process women ‘must’ go through in order to look and smell attractive enough to the opposite sex whereas men...just need to take a shower. Joske also takes a swipe at our ageist society, which will question your life choices if you are over 30, and not yet married with children.
Venue: Club Voltaire, 14 Raglan St, North Melbourne, 3051