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Whalebone (Hatch It Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2017

‘Whalebone’ expertly walks a very fine line, balancing serious, impactful discourse with a cheeky sense of fun. It explores the topic of body image, and the societal pressures placed on women to conform to an ever-changing series of fashions in body shape and appearance, with a narrative focus on one woman’s growing body dysmorphia. Heavy stuff, but off-set by the use of underwear puppetry (yes, underwear puppetry). The three actors mine the comic potential in the audience’s sense of awkwardness, forcing us to confront these feelings even as they put us at ease. It’s rare to see a show deal with such an important issue in a manner so delightfully playful.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]