Lady C: A Beauvale Production

****

Four Stars

I don’t suppose that there is a more different play on the Fringe this year. Less than two weeks ago it wasn’t a show, didn’t have a cast and obviously was in no listings or programmes. Hence the show is only doing business on word of mouth and flyers.

This new play by David Garcia is tagged as Lady Chatterley’s Lover for 2010 and was obviously inspired by the D H Lawrence novel. A little of the checkered history of the book is expounded by the three dressing gowned cast of Brendan Riding, Jen Healy and Rebekah Roe and some scenes are performed in an attempt to illustrate the piece.

There is an element of audience interaction, almost stand-up as director Graham Frost puts his spin on the show.

But basically the show is about sex, The sexual revolution of the sixties through to the girly mags and even internet porn seem to trace their roots back to this book.

The three actors bare their souls in respect to their own sexual past and their bodies as well with copious quantities of naked flesh are on display at various times through out the show. Is it there as it is necessary to the play? Often. Is it there as art? Probably. Is it akin to pornography? I suppose that depends on your outlook I suppose, to me nearly every scene was sensual rather than sensational, However on a odd occasion I am not quite so sure.

Do not go to this play if strong language, nudity, both man and female, or the portrayal of sexual acts offends. However, this is a humorous tongue in cheek production that just occasionally will make you think.

****

Reviewed by Geoff

GRV V 274

Till 29 August

21-10 to 22-05

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