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Freak (Theatre 503 and Polly Ingham Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 23 August 2014

An unflinching look at sex and sexuality, Freak goes into some graphic and disturbing details, and some very recognisable ones too. It follows two women, one in her teens, the other at the end of her twenties, both struggling with their identities. They’re brilliantly played, with careful characterisation wringing emotion and humour from the tight, frank and often painfully honest writing. The pace falls off somewhat in the last act, as the dual monologues collide in a naturalistic closing scene. However, the change allows a greater insight into characters we’ve already come to care about, as well as some of the play’s most tender moments. Provocative and confrontational, it’s a sharp, satisfying and impressive show.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]