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Travesti (Unbound Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 5 August 2014

There’s something bizarrely compelling about watching a man, stripping and putting on make up, while speaking the words of a woman who’s been the object of male intimidation. From sexualised pop routines performed with obvious and comical enjoyment, to the poignant realisations of a rape victim, ‘Travesti’ explores the varied experiences of being a woman. It’s impossible to pick out an individual member of the young, all-male cast for praise. They all give nuanced, naturalistic performances, relating the stories from real-life interviews with great empathy. Rebecca Hill’s direction juxtaposes different female perspectives, so that they create layers of new meaning, disagreement and unanimity. You know you’ve touched your audience when there are audible murmurs of agreement throughout. Flawless.

Pleasance Dome, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Laura Gavin]