Callisto: A Queer Epic (Forward Arena)
By Gemma Scott | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
‘Callisto’ is an ambitious play. It tells four stories simultaneously, all focused on queer relationships through history. From a woman living as a man in 1675; to Alan Turing mourning his first love; to a Midwestern woman who falls in love with a porn star; to a futuristic human/artificial intelligence romance. Though the connection between these separate stories is unclear, they all demonstrate genuine, believable relationships, and the comparisons to ‘Cloud Atlas’ are not unfounded. Catheine Pilsworth’s costumes are fantastic, really setting each story in context without the need for a set. The performances too were uniformly brilliant, with Phoebe Hames and Mary Higgins as particular stand-outs. Though slightly too long, this is an intriguing set of stories.
Pleasance Dome, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Gemma Scott]