Borderline Me, written/performed by Robin Zee and directed by Learie McNicolls, is an addicting preview of Robin Zee’s life. Based on true events, this 20-minute show tells the affective story of how Zee overcame a childhood of abuse and human trafficking, liberating herself from all of the labels imposed on her as a result of her past – one of these labels being Borderline Personality Disorder. Zee reclaims her life in this moving story and demonstrates to her audience that if you want something badly enough, anything is achievable.
A fusion of storytelling and spoken word, Zee’s tale is accompanied by the musical styling of Orange McFarland on the cello. Dressed as the demon she is fighting, the cellist remains present throughout, serving as a reminder of what she has experienced and what she has come to accept as a part of her history.
This show is merely a summary of Zee’s life. On the one hand, I don’t want to know all the traumatic events that Zee experienced as a child. On the other hand, I’m thinking, “Go for it. Break my heart.” And that’s what this performance is missing – a really evocative incident that makes me experience something that hurts. Part of accepting your past in its entirety is being able to tell your story – not just summarize it, but paralyze the audience with it. It is a tool of strength for both the performer and the audience members, who have gone through their own hardships. Watching Borderline Me, I saw a strong woman and entertaining storyteller, who is only scraping the surface of a story that holds a really transformative power. I want to know more.
Borderline Me is playing at b contemporary gallery (226 James N), as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival, until July 27th. For more information, visit www.hamiltonfringe.ca.