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Pornography by Simon Stephens (The Lincoln Company)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Written in response to the 2005 London bombings, Simon Stephens’ play interweaves several disparate stories while following a fictional attacker on his final journey from Manchester to London. A handful of lives – including, among others, a besotted schoolboy and an incestuous pair of adult siblings – are brought together by a single act of devastating violence. The Lincoln Company’s sparse, clinical staging commits to the dark, uncanny perversions of the script, but ultimately struggles to engage, despite the clear talent of its cast. The show is leadened by repetitive choices – too many movements and devices are used over and over, while the monotonous sound design quickly becomes grating. It’s a slick production, but ultimately it doesn’t draw you in emotionally.

C Too, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Jon Stapley]