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Adults (Traverse Theatre Company)

By | Published on Monday 14 August 2023

Adults is, on one level, a slightly sordid bedroom farce. How sordid? Well, a couple of key scenes pivot around dildos, albeit at no point being used for their intended purpose. At the same time it’s also a darker, deeper meditation on life choices and generational transition as Iain, a middle-aged, married teacher embarks on an ill-fated attempt to procure a male prostitute to explore his long-inactive sexuality. The transaction is brokered by Zara who, it turns out, is one of Iain’s former pupils – amusing awkwardness ensues. From there, a couple of tonal gear shifts may jar for some, but the performances, direction and the many pearlers in Kieran Hurley’s script make for a compelling, funny and provocative watch.

Traverse, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | Bruce Blacklaw