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Hunch (DugOut Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 15 August 2018

Una, a young woman who struggles to make decisions, becomes the superhero Hunch who, alongside Head, Heart and Genitals helps people make decisions (with Hack there to reverse any mistakes). There’s a rich vein of subtext to be mined here; the play blends comedy and tragedy skilfully and there’s a real charm to the conceit, and Kate Kennedy’s winning performance. All the superhero stuff could be – is? – nothing more than allegory, a metaphorical fantasy-scape exposing Una’s regrets, and I appreciate that we are trusted to reach that conclusion unaided. The ending feels just a little underwhelming, though, but that’s a problem that plagues big budget superhero blockbusters as much as it does quirky psychological metadrama.

Assembly Roxy, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 [Andy Leask]