Theatre Review: Consensual @ Soho Theatre
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There are always two sides to every story, but when it comes to a subject as taboo as a student-teacher relationship, we rarely take the time to hear the other side. Most people wouId consider a relationship between a grown man and a 15-year-old girl pedophilia, but what happens to people’s perceptions when the roles are reversed, and it’s a 22-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy? Evan Placey’s play “Consensual” puts a question mark to the simplicity of right and wrong in age and relationships, challenging the norm, and raising the question: Is it possible to put an age to consent, or is this an individual process? In this revival of the play written for the National Youth Theatre in 2015, and this time performed by the 2018 NYT reps, Marilyn Nnadebe plays the role of Diane, the 29-year-old heavily pregnant teacher, who suddenly gets a blast from the past when the 22-year old-Freddie, played by Fred Hughes-Stanton, informs her that he is pressing charges about a night 7 years in the past, where Diane (according to Freddie) abused her power as a teacher’s assistant to seduce him. Image: Helen Murray
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