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Masterclass (Brokentalkers And Adrienne Truscott)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2022

Smashing the white male patriarchy is at the centre of this play, and it’s outrageously good fun despite its serious theme. A male literary heavyweight’s inherent bias is shown up in a staged interview about his work. The two characters sport outlandish wigs, loud suits, faux moustaches; the interview is interspersed with bursts of silly choreography, adding to the fun as well as the send-up. In an unexpected twist Adrienne Truscott reveals herself, challenging Brokentalkers’ Feidlim Cannon about her experience of his condescension – a surprise to him! – and she finally insists he go, let someone else have his space. Manipulation of an audience’s sympathy to reinforce the central point is clever: Is this expulsion fair? Who dares feel sorry for Cannon?

Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Catherine Meek]