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Penetrator (Fear No Colours)

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2017

Toxic masculinity and the delicate boundaries of male friendships are heavily explored here, in director Julia Midtgard’s adaptation of Anthony Neilson’s 1993 play ‘Penetrator’, a disturbing yet thoroughly intriguing examination of repressed sexuality and homo-eroticism. There is a singularly lived-in chemistry between the three leads, including a fantastic performance by Tom White as the troubled Tadge; slinging his hollowed, lanky frame across the small stage, he completely inhabits Tadge’s desperation for self understanding and belonging amidst his violent sexual confusion. His presence threatens to permeate the marijuana-infused world of his childhood friends, as the horror of their friend’s accusations dawn on their faces. Brash, bold and fantastically grimy, ‘Penetrator’ is a play that demands to be experienced.

C cubed, until 14 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ethan Hemmati]