ED2016 2/5 Reviews ED2016 Theatre Reviews

I Keep A Woman In My Flat Chained To A Radiator (Theatre, Apparently)

By | Published on Monday 22 August 2016

I keep a woman_radiator Ed2016

The best thing about Theatre, Apparently’s new show is the intriguing title. Unfortunately, the show does not develop beyond the initial humour of the premise (Stephen keeps a woman in his flat chained to a radiator), and the same joke is belaboured for forty-five minutes. The characters lack depth and give little scope to the actors. We never find out why Stephen kidnapped the woman, or why she now feels so kindly towards him as to organise a date for him. The humour is problematic, particularly the rape joke. Getting one character to say “that’s racist/sexist/homophobic” does not negate the other character’s racism/sexism/homophobia. Although, admittedly, some of the audience found the jokes funny, I was not laughing.

Zoo, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]


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