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Chaos By Design (The Rat’s Nest Theatre Company)

By | Published on Thursday 15 August 2013

This play takes an impressively unflinching look at the barbaric use of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The central figure, Angelique, is intended to be a human face behind the statistics, but she also agrees with Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba when she quotes: “if you rape a woman you rape an entire nation”. Angelique as an individual demands empathy, but her suffering stands for that of many women in Congo. The set is basic but there are some remarkably powerful set pieces, used as metaphors for Angelique’s hardship or to literally illustrate her life. The company’s conviction, that these issues need to be taken seriously, is clear.

theSpace on the Mile, until 17 Aug (not 11), 4.50pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Michael Black]