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Monstrous Acts (Out Cast Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

This play questions whether it is possible to forgive acts of utter monstrosity. Sebastian, who the audience watch naked and alone in his prison cell, is joined by Gilles, who abuses him, before the two men find companionship with one another and become lovers. The dialogue between the two men is naturalistic and interestingly suggests that intimacy and laughter can be achieved even when doom is imminent. However, the performance was over-dramatised with the use of atmospheric music and montage scenes that mainly brought to mind the climatic moments of a romantic film. The content that is inspired by the child serial killer Gilles de Rais dramatically speaks for itself, and so some sensitive writing and interplay was unnecessarily hyperbolised.

C Aquila, 2-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 9.30pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Isobel Rogers]