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Chris Parker: Camp Binch (Berk’s Nest)

By | Published on Tuesday 13 August 2019

After a frenetic opening, Chris Parker settles into this powerfully emotional story about his coming of age in rugby-obsessed New Zealand – from being the rugby school’s ambassador through to a return trip to his high school. It’s a harrowing tale of societal pressure, and of finding your own space and identity, which transcends the setting of small city New Zealand. Parker is particularly adept at skewering his teachers’ inability to vocalise his sexuality, perfectly demonstrating how he really did have to find his own place. Told with style and good humour, Parker’s compelling tale of personal growth draws you in, with a surprisingly satisfying resolution making it feel universal and relevant.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Chris Lambert]