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Rob Madge: My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do) (Paul Taylor-Mills)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2022

A sweet treat for anyone who lived for living-room theatre, particularly queer kids and their parents. Rob Madge describes their nine-year-old self as a “flamboyant monster” – yet is adorable enough for home-videos of their childhood performances to go viral. The tapes’ DIY charm is not fully translated here. Madge’s West End experience is evident in impeccably performed musical numbers (they were in ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Oliver’ during these VHS years), and the design reveals a budget. There’s sincerity in their struggle to be understood by parents and teachers – meaning the journey from chaotic childhood to professional polish is an upgrade we root for. With a less taut production, they could build more intimacy with audiences who recognise themselves in these home-movies.

Underbelly George Square, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bizz Holmes]