Two friends – likely to be just out of university, join the masses of other young adults in the quest to find themselves in the real world. Paul is on the never-ending hunt for a job and Snowy is desperately looking for a project or a distraction. So, the two friends embark on a mission to save a slowly dying cow…
Snowy is a scruffily dressed, laid-back young man who discovers the cow in the field. It seems that his urge for some fixed direction causes him to be fixated on healing this cow. Paul, on the other hand, is the complete opposite to his friend: he is well-dressed and uptight and is preoccupied with finding his next stable step. Interestingly, their joint mission to restore the cow back to health causes some turbulence in their relationship and eventually a role reversal in their friendship.
The two actors are excellent in their roles and have a fantastic grasp of the range of emotions both these characters go through throughout the show. There is unlikely to be one person who cannot identify with these characters, whether they are currently going through a similar process or whether they remember the frustrations of finding employment that isn’t too senior or too far away from home. At times it could be slightly confusing to understand whether they were talking to each other face to face or over the phone; perhaps a slower pace would have made this clearer. There are some aspects of the story that are left half-answered and therefore feel incomplete. It feels like it either should have been explained fully or left out completely.
The set is very cleverly designed: the fake grass stage and backdrop gives a good feel of Hereford’s vast fields yet the cupboards built into the set easily turn it into a home. However, the set does become quite cluttered as everything is just left on the floor when they are done with props and it can be a bit distracting.
This black comedy is very relatable to any recent graduates as there are many familiar moments in the long process of job hunting and the ever growing pile of rejections. In fact, even a sarcastic response to becoming a teacher has become exceedingly relevant in today’s job market.
It’s an uplifting play that shows all young adults that they are not alone and not to lose hope; while also emphasising the importance of a good friendship.
Milked played at Soho Theatre and is currently on tour. For more information, see the Pentabus Theatre Company website.