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Iron Assumptions (Z Theatre Company)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

Female convicts make up about five per cent of prisoners in the UK, so this play about a rehabilitation meeting for a group of ex-prisoners, seven female and one male, seems a determined attempt to examine a minority perspective. Very quickly it begins to follow a pattern: dialogue reveals someone’s crime, and then they have a monologue, usually re-enacting their conversation with the police. Frankly, some of the young cast are too busy struggling with their accents to think about wrestling with the enormous issues involved. Yet there are occasional moments of inspiration, with a nice contrast between an ex-cons’ public bravado and the vulnerability in their solo speeches. But overall, a drama club exercise in character and spotlit monologue, but, alas, little beyond that.

theSpace on North Bridge, 6-16 Aug (not 12), 2.05pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Lia Sanders]