Scorch (Prime Cut Productions)
By Hannah Greenstreet | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2016
“I’m an OK human, I think,” declares the gender-nonconforming teen of ‘Scorch’, as they face a prison sentence of three and a half years and a place on the sex offenders’ list. Inspired by a recent court case about ‘gender fraud’, Stacey Gregg’s monologue ‘Scorch’ goes behind the sensationalism and homo/transphobia that marked press coverage to present the other side of the story. It is immediately clear why ‘Scorch’ won Best New Play at the 2015 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The script is lyrical, subtle and morally ambivalent, exploring what society does to people who don’t fit into a box. Amy McAllister delivers a consummate performance: sensitive, funny and incisive.
Roundabout @ Summerhall, until 28th Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]