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20 Minutes Of Action (Lionheart Theatre)

By | Published on Monday 8 August 2022

Tears are forming, and deep sighs are heard all around, as collected words pertaining to a sexual assault case are spoken. The minimal use of props and music allows the focus to remain entirely on the actors, who excel in their raw performances in this unnerving but touching piece. The show explores the devastating effect sexual assault has on those who experience it; exposes the horrific details of this specific, high profile case; and takes a look at how the justice system fails survivors of this type of crime. It doesn’t, however, offer any real discussion on how to achieve change. Also, the transitions between scenes were sometimes extremely blunt and the stage direction often left actors facing blank walls, which felt confusing. Nevertheless, a hard-hitting verbatim piece that at times felt like watching an ‘in conversation’ crime documentary.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Melrose]