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Manhood (Aurora Theatre Art Co)

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2022

In this coming-of-age naturalistic play, sixteen-year-old Ben is on his journey to find ‘Manhood’ but, with an imprisoned father, he is lost. Despite an occasionally clichéd script (discussions about prom), the real success of the piece lies in the hands of nineteen-year-old Ryan Duval who effortlessly navigates the role of troubled teen with intensity and magnetism. Given the 45-minutes run time, a deeper insight into the protagonist himself rather than long and futile scenes with his best friend would have been more stimulating, and an attempt at puppetry involving a stuffed Rottweiler who interacted with the audience often distracted from the scenes. However, the messy set of strewn clothes, JD bags and heelys perfectly depicted the adolescent years we remember all too well.

theSpace @ North Bridge, until 13 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 / [Juliette Willis]