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Skin A Cat (Rive Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 19 August 2018

Blood, bodies and boyfriends: ‘Skin A Cat’ is a coming-of-age play exploring the complexities of female sexuality and the social stigmas surrounding vaginismus. The writing is subtle and evocative, taking us on an intimate journey through Alana’s life and her relationship with men. From tampon anxieties to seductive olive eating, this piece is funny, heartwarming and painfully relatable, as writer Isley Lynn moves us from moments of clumsy innocence to intense emotion within seconds. The direction is slick and fast-paced with boldly choreographed, abstract sex scenes, while skilful multi-rolling from two other actors is particularly effective in depicting Alana’s world. Despite occasional moments feeling slightly contrived in their message, this semi-autobiographical play is educational, sharp and honest.

Assembly Rooms, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ella Dorman-Gajic]