Titillation was not the point

I Went to see Trading Faces at the Lion & Unicorn theatre and find it odd that the review on Gazette’s website by Hina Pandya seems to think that “same sex kissing” is such an unusual activity that it should be mentioned in her intro, as if it’s a bit of unnecessary indulgence – in a play that presents both straight and gay characters.

I felt there was nothing in this play that lent itself to titillation and yet, going by Pandya’s review, you’d think this was all it’s about.

Interesting that the reviewer acknowledges the depth and emotion of the piece, even saying that the audience is “engaged” – yet doesn’t credit the writer for any of it! Was the writer Richard Bevan surplus to requirement? It was his words the actors were speaking. – Max Kershaw, via e-mail.

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