Theatre Review: Kiss Me @ Trafalgar Studios
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After a sold out run at the Hampstead Theatre “Kiss me” has transferred to Trafalgar Studios. From the first moment Richard Bean's new play is intriguing. We are welcomed to a red room with a bed in the middle. The floor is red, as is the ceiling, and the back of the room is covered in mirrors.
Claire Lams (Stephanie) Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Dennis) Image: Robert DayThere is a woman in the room, she is nervously fiddling with the bed linen, trying to decide what shoes to wear. She is waiting for someone; she is waiting for a man. It is a story about two people finding a brief love even though they both suffer from survival guilt following the First World War. The woman is a war widow aged 32. She is alone in the world and wishes to have a baby. The play is set in 1929, a period where the only way to have a child is to have sex with a man and get pregnant. But what if “there are no men"? In this case, she goes to a doctor who says he will find her a man. The man is a stranger. He comes to fulfil her wish for a baby, but there are rules. This is supposed to be as clinical as possible - no feelings.
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