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Jekyll & Hyde (Flipping the Bird / Red Shift)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

Reading the tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as a discussion about expected gender roles is nothing new, but recasting Jekyll as a woman probably is. Jonathan Holloway’s thought-provoking script does just this, raising interesting questions about the role of women historically and even today; Jekyll is a professional young woman trying to come to terms with a ‘man’s world’. Although the play provides food for thought, the nudity can be a little gratuitous; I for one have never lamented that the fact that the original work by Robert Louis Stevenson did not include more breasts and prosthetic genitalia. However, the production is an otherwise gripping, radical retelling of a classic story. Prepare to have your eyes opened in shock and horror.

Assembly Roxy, until 25 Aug (not 13), 10.45pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Melissa Steel]