The Penetration Play

5
Thu, 28th Jun 18
Seen at the new Above the Stag

Penetration PLayThe first lesbian themed play at Above the Stag theatre is more subtle than such a label suggests. The Penetration Play originated in 2004, and its gender fluid trio are very current in our developing post-millennial society. For many young people, classifications are less relevant, whilst sexuality, love and frustration continue to confront us. So too in this production.

Not much happens for some time but the banter between Rain and Ash is crackling. Their friendship flashes bright in the detail of gesture and glance, bringing the script to life.

Tayla Kenyon bursts onstage as Rain. She is the naïve, self-critical realist dealing day to day with her unrequited love. Kenyon balances the passive aggressive flow with care.

Miriam O’Brien allows Ash to slowly recognise that theirs is more than a simple friendship. We appreciate that she is not so happy with her perfect new boyfriend despite her professed enthusiasm. O’Brien gives a delicate, complex characterisation. Both actors relish a totally credible relationship and a contrasting appreciation of Ash’s mother.

Janet Prince as Maggie fully deserves her round of applause at her exit. We’re with you! – because her eyes have opened to the stagnancy of her life. Maggie reflects the denial of an older generation. Life is comfortable so I should be content. How satisfying to see Prince slowly/quickly get drunk and start to question this and accept there is always time for a new start.

The play’s open ending is very effective in that I want to know what happened next to each character. They are urged to be honest in their relationships but we are offered no simple resolution. These are people who surround us every day, still facing similar challenges.

Derek Benfield


Search Reviews/News


Newsletter

Email*
Captcha*

Find us on-line

Facebook
SeatChoice page
Twitter
SeatChoice tweets
Android
The UKTW Android App for listings and information on the move
Wordpress Plugin
The UKTW Wordpress Plugin is now available so that you can add links and widgets easily to Wordpress sites
Linked-In
UKTW company page and Robert Iles
Google+
UKTW
Blog/Website
SeatChoice and Robert's personal
tumblr
UKTW tumblr page
rss
SeatChoice and UKTW

Latest News & Reviews

19th Sep 18 :: Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
BLOC Productions show seen at Bristol Hippodrome
5
19th Sep 18 :: Review: Play Something
Paul T Davies' play seen at the Drayton Arms Theatre
2
18th Sep 18 :: Review: Touching the Void
Seen at the Bristol Old Vic
3
4th Sep 18 :: Review: Hamilton
The Broadway sensation at the Victoria PalaceTheatre.
5
25th Aug 18 :: Review: Swell Mob - Assembly
Flabbergast Theatre
5
25th Aug 18 :: Review: A Joke - Assembly
Universal Arts and Scene Change Productions
2
25th Aug 18 :: Review: de Profundis - Assembly
Assembly Festival presents the Classic Spring Production
5
24th Aug 18 :: Review: Sitting - Gilded Balloon
BBC Arts and Avalon Promotions
3
24th Aug 18 :: Review: Dangerous Giant Animals - Underbelly
Christina Murdock
5
23rd Aug 18 :: Review: The Song Of Lunch - Pleasance
Thirty/20 Theatre and Something for the Weekend
4
23rd Aug 18 :: Review: Big Bite-size Breakfast - Pleasance Dome
White Room Theatre
4
23rd Aug 18 :: Review: Games - Gilded Baloon
Gilded Balloon and Redbeard Theatre
4
22nd Aug 18 :: Review: Little Death Club - Underbelly Circus Hub
Underbelly and Dead Man Label
4
22nd Aug 18 :: Review: Trojan Horse - Summerhall
LUNG in association with Leeds Playhouse
5
22nd Aug 18 :: Review: Mengele - Assembly George Square
Smokescreen Productions
3
22nd Aug 18 :: Review: Urban Death - Sweet Grassmarket
Zombie Joes Underground Theatre Group
5
22nd Aug 18 :: Review: Marcus Brigstocke; Devil May Care - Pleasance Courtyard
Off The Kerb Productions Ltd
3
22nd Aug 18 :: Review: Freeman - Pleasance Courtyard
Strictly Arts Theatre and The Pleasance
5

Most Popular Stories

19th Sep 18 :: Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
BLOC Productions show seen at Bristol Hippodrome
24th Aug 18 :: Review: Sitting - Gilded Balloon
BBC Arts and Avalon Promotions
18th Sep 18 :: Review: Touching the Void
Seen at the Bristol Old Vic
25th Aug 18 :: Review: de Profundis - Assembly
Assembly Festival presents the Classic Spring Production
23rd Aug 18 :: Review: The Song Of Lunch - Pleasance
Thirty/20 Theatre and Something for the Weekend
25th Aug 18 :: Review: Swell Mob - Assembly
Flabbergast Theatre
4th Sep 18 :: Review: Hamilton
The Broadway sensation at the Victoria PalaceTheatre.
25th Aug 18 :: Review: A Joke - Assembly
Universal Arts and Scene Change Productions
24th Aug 18 :: Review: Dangerous Giant Animals - Underbelly
Christina Murdock

SeatChoice Blog

SIT-Up Awards
Announced today, two new awards during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to support theatre for social change.
Society for Theatre Research - Theatre Book Prize
The judges have announced their shortlist for the prize for books published in 2017.
Reasons to be Graeae
Pioneering disabled-led theatre company Graeae, launch their long awaited biographical book Reasons to be Graeae: A work in progress.
RSC eBay Auction
RSC costume auction ends this month
Google and Secondary Tickets
Google to tighten rules on ticket resale.
The RSC's Stitch-In-Time
The RSC's costume department needs your help.
UKs First Musical Theatre Cruise
Internationally acclaimed choreographer and TV personality Arlene Phillips will be hitting the high seas with Glitz, Glamour and Gossip onboard the UKs first ever fully immersive musical theatre cruise.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Autobiography
To be released March 2018 - pre-order now
Empty Space Award
The winner of the 2017 Empty Space...Peter Brook Award 2017 announced.
Bruntwood Prize 2017 announces shortlist
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has announced its shortlist for the prestigious Playwriting Prize.

SeatChoice theatre blog»

© Dynamic Listing Ltd, UK
1995-2018
PRIVACY and GDPR
Tickets by SeatChoice
Listings powered by Dynamic Listing Ltd

Developed and Maintained by RMJIoldGoogle+ Author

Cookies in Use