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MEAT (Elle Dillon-Reams)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

Writer-performer Elle Dillon-Reams delivers a tour-de-force performance fusing spoken word and physical theatre; not only has she mastered both forms, she fuses them together into something new, something greater. Exploring themes of identity, power, gender and sexuality, there are some dark and painful moments in the play. But there’s also a playful energy, a witty self-awareness and a great big heart. It shakes you to the core, then gently brings you back to yourself, decompressing with an almighty, empowering roar. I loved Dillon-Reams’ first play (the excellent ‘HoneyBEE’, also back this year), and ‘MEAT’ is, if anything, more affecting. Days later, it’s still with me. I don’t know when I’ll shake it off; I don’t know that I want to.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]