Vault Festival Review: Pole Factor
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4.5/5 In a world that is obsessed by celebrity and polarised by extreme religious/anti-religious views, Sameera Mohammed (aka Coco), the favourite to win a televised pole dancing competition, is courting controversy by publically rejecting her Muslim roots. Pole Factor, Nazish Khan’s satire on contemporary society, offers a disturbing look at multilayered issues including the media, racial tension, sexualisation and personal loss. With so many intertwined and complicated themes, it would’ve been easy to make the characters (Coco, her boyfriend Max, his friend Hanif and fellow Pole Factor contestant Gina) less complex than they are – but this might have provided easier answers that are required, and is exactly what writer Naz was steering clear of.
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