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The Adventures Of Wound Man And Shirley (Chris Goode And Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

You might expect this to be some madcap play involving spandex clad superheroes, like some kind of live action ‘Kick Ass’, but it is in fact a rather touching piece of storytelling, like ‘Jackanory’ for grown-ups. It’s a presumably semi-autobiographical piece about a 14 year old’s relationship with an unconventional, permanently injured hero, who helps in the aftermath of tragedies by making people feel better about their situations by comparing his pain to them; the whole thing is an extended metaphor about a gay teenager coming to terms with his sexuality. The delivery is warm and engaging and there are genuinely funny moments, although at times it verges on over-sentimentality. All in all though, it’s a lovely little piece. 

Pleasance Courtyard, 20 – 29 Aug, 12.10pm (1.30pm) £9.00 – £10.00, fpp236.
tw rating 4/5