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Sandel (Boys Of The Empire Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

‘Sandel’ is a compelling, sometimes uncomfortable play about a controversial topic. It tells the love story between a young undergraduate and an even younger choirboy, set in 1960s Oxford. The piece is well acted and engaging throughout; Tom Cawte gave a great performance as the precocious young Sandel, nicely matched with Ryan Penny’s performance as David, whose character somehow manages to be far more likeable despite the obvious problem of his attraction to a young boy. The play challenges the idea of forbidden love and seems to present Sandel and Rogers’ mutually sought relationship as pure and romantic. But is it possible or desirable to see past the fact that Sandel is just a child? An intriguing piece of theatre.

theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, until 24 Aug (not 11), 4.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Elspeth Rudd]