In 2018 we saw Nath torn between the elation of same sex marriage becoming legal, and the unforeseen consequences of the family pressure that resulted, urging him to get hitched to 9.5 out of 10 Dr Cody (his long term partner).
In 2019, Nath appears to be weathering that pressure with more fortitude – They still aren’t married but his 35th birthday brings with it a raft of new consequences involving his sperm. It seems that when he initially came out of the closet to a couple of his female friends (apparently they were neither shocked or surprised, as ‘they had met him’), both set requirements that if they were X years of age and still unmarried and without kids, they would claim a ‘donation’ from him. Other pressures were also coming from other family about having his own kids and he was wrestling with the concept of potentially being a dad, whether he or 9.5 out of 10 Dr Cody would be the chosen biological dad, and whether he was ready to pour himself into a tiny person who would probably grow into a teen and hate him anyway.
Nath Valvo is an awkward pantomime of physically expressive angst – his words and actions seamlessly express the inner turmoils that he’s trying to put into words. This is my second year of seeing Valvo at the fringe, and it’s almost like with each year there’s a ‘to be continued….’ postscript that compels you to keep coming back. It’s more of a popcorn-eating serial than stand-alone show. You don’t need to have any knowledge of previous editions, but the continue investment is worth it. His show is bright and breezy and it’s impossible to leave without a huge smile on your face.
Can’t wait for the next instalment!