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Angry Alan (Francesca Moody Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 11 August 2018

We all know someone like Roger. He’s warm, he’s friendly – occasionally he’ll say something a bit offensive but we let it slide, because he seems like such a nice guy. When Roger comes across Angry Alan, a leader of the men’s rights movement, on YouTube, he begins to believe that he is oppressed by a ‘gynocentric’ society. Penelope Skinner’s monologue examines the way the Internet allows people to prey on others’ insecurities and push extremist agendas. The sense of terror is built so well throughout the play that the predictable way it ends is a little disappointing. However, Skinner’s writing is mostly witty and wryly observant, drawing out the nuances of contemporary gender politics – and a lot of unexpected laughs too.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Marni Appleton]