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Lilith: The Jungle Girl (Sisters Grimm)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Lilith is discovered living feral with a pride of lions in Borneo. Transported to Holland – naked, in chains and covered in pink paint – she is immediately defined as female (despite being played by actor Ash Flanders, whose body would typically be identified as male). What follows is a Pygmalion-style transformation, with Candy Bowers particularly hilarious as the uptight, rational doctor Charles Penworth. As Lilith’s pink paint is smeared across the floor, all the performers end up sliding around, which causes an amusing but (almost) unprofessional amount of corpsing. The production does struggle a little under the weight of all the different themes, however – gender, sexuality, colonialism, immigration – which means it can be hard to find real meaning under the absurdity.

Traverse Theatre, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5