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A Gym Thing (Working Cast Productions / Small Things Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 13 August 2017

‘A Gym Thing’ is a well-told story that tackles contemporary themes of self-obsession, body image and a man’s inability to vocalize his emotions. Will is just another guy, lost in his early twenties and still living with his mum, until his friend Rav introduces him to the gym. What follows is a complex love affair between Will’s newfound desire for self-perfection and his childhood crush. The show is full of pumping physical routines, and Will appears to grow physically throughout the performance, his muscles swelling and bulging as his addiction, and his body, grows. The performance is modestly structured which allows the story to be told simply, but it ultimately fails to challenge its audience. This is a balanced performance offering fun, energy and catharsis.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [James Napleton]