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Queen B (Nottingham New Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 8 August 2014

This starts with an interesting premise: a 40 year old man falls in love with the damaged 19 year old girl he had earlier paid for sex. For a while the play does a good job mining this situation dramatically, finding romance and magic in those seedy circumstances. Simple, effective use of lighting on stage lends things a slightly unreal, fantastical air. Fittingly, authentically, things don’t work out in the end – how could they? – but as things unravel for the characters, so too the verisimilitude breaks down: the lengths to which the rejected older man goes in pursuit of his fleeing lover seem wholly at odds with his demeanour earlier, and indeed later in the play.

Zoo, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Leask]