Carnal Desire (Drama 3/4 Productions and Fringe Management)
By Nina Keen | Published on Friday 12 August 2016
The idea behind ‘Carnal Desire’ is brilliant: a hyper-faithful-thus-comic reading of two half-hour soft porn scripts, hilariously believable in their parody. For the most part, the reality was good too. The actors all did a brilliant job, and the absurd physical comedy for the ‘sex’ scenes was genius. However, the first half hour portrayed people drugging each other in order to sleep with them, and it was unclear whether the creators were aware this was a rape joke. Either way, it didn’t feel like this was handled with the care it required; instead it was simply treated like another ridiculous thing that happens in porn, like cringey dialogue and ludicrous stage direction (both of which they did do brilliantly).
Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Nina Keen]