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A Fair Tale About A Fairy Trade (Human Rongs)

By | Published on Sunday 19 August 2018

Framed around a contemporary twist on the story of Cinderella, this musical is inspired by real stories of modern-day sex trafficking. It’s the story of Sisi, a girl whose life is hard but not unbearable, until she is abducted by a trafficking ring and sold on the black market. The stories and the picture they paint are utterly horrific, and without a doubt this is a vital subject to explore. The weaker moments come in the balance between the real subject matter and its musical presentation – the villain, for instance, is a moustache-twirling caricature that feels out of place in a story this horrifying. Still, it’s well performed and arranged, and sheds valuable light on a heinous and growing crime.

theSpace @ Niddry St, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]