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The Squirrel Plays (Part Of The Main)

By | Published on Friday 10 August 2018

The play follows newly-weds buying their first home. They want to ensure it hasn’t been ruined by squirrels, and that the neighbours don’t have squirrels. When they get their own, unplanned squirrel, they decide to terminate it, and things begin to unravel. OK, so ‘The Squirrel Plays’ is not about squirrels. It’s a well-meaning attempt to discuss sensitive topics – the pressure to have children, the judgement of parents with large families, abortion, birth control – through allegory. Yet the shifts between literal and metaphorical are jarring, and the topics too broad and varied: it even clumsily considers race at one point. The script is funny, and the staging clever, but it doesn’t quite pull off its ambitious intent.

C cubed, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]