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How To Build A Wax Figure (November Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 28 August 2022

First loves are a topic almost everyone can relate to, though possibly not ones quite like this. Writer Isabel Waldron sculpts a unique, heartfelt coming-of-age story exploring intergenerational power dynamics, LGBTQ love and… wax figures. Beautifully performed by Nell Barlow, ocularist Bea is preparing for a lecture on eyes at London’s Wellcome Institute, when she is forced to reckon with her past. Throughout the play we flit between scenes of the present and those with Bea’s next-door neighbour Margot (a 32-year-old wax sculptor), through which a love story tenderly unfolds. Fusing razor-sharp dialogue with sincere moments, this is a poignant, captivating and powerful story proving that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder… or in this case, the beholder of the eye. 

Assembly George Square Studios, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Eleanor Magic]