Sunday, May 6, 2012

Theatre Review

When it comes to depicting reality and themes found in real life, especially things the powerful try to suppress, the literary and theatre worlds usually lead the way, at least on the English speaking world. Television shows and movies take fewer risks. I found another example of this thanks to this theatre review by Elisabeth Mahoney at She gives "Pornography" four out of five stars.
In this exhilarating take on Simon Stephens' play set in London in the days encompassing Live 8, the Olympic bid success and the 7/7 bombings, they once again deliver highly original, exciting theatre.

The play presents certain challenges. It is written with an open structure and no character names, to be played by any number of actors, and to start and stop wherever the director chooses. What we see, in fragments and streams of consciousness, are transgressions: a schoolboy sexually obsessed with a teacher; incestuous siblings; a woman getting her own back at her boss. One of the transgressors is a 7/7 bomber, his story blending with the others in a mix strikingly without moral judgment or hierarchy.
Our arts and media should tackle things we experience in our lives. Consanguinamory is a reality for many people, and there's no reason why it shouldn't be portrayed.

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