Theatre Review: Blush @ Soho Theatre
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The play was written by Charlotte Josephine in response to a piece of legislation passed in April 2015 that made it illegal to disclose a private sexual photograph or film without the consent of the person depicted.
Revenge porn is the distribution of a private sexual images of someone without their consent and with the intention of causing them distress.
It follows three women and two men as they tell their stories about revenge porn; be they perpetrators or victims.
Performed by Snuff Box Theatre’s co-founders Charlotte Josephine and Daniel Foxsmith, the pair multi role as they travel through the stories of each characters, mainly delivering poetic and frank monologues about their experiences.
The transformation between characters is solid. Foxsmith moves between the two male characters with ease, changing his tone and physicality so swiftly it leaves the audience with no doubt as to whose story we are following.
Charlotte Josephine takes on three female characters. Some of her choices seem slightly caricature at first, which for some comedic elements, works fine. But this is a play that focuses on some very serious issues. As the play progresses her characterisation becomes clearer and clearer and she presents us with three very true and real characters.
The play is written brilliantly. It tackles the stories sensitively with humanity, honesty and humour. The language is almost poetic, giving the play pace and rhythm. At times, the pair could have revelled in the poetic phrasing a little more.
The play comments on serious issues of the digital age and it’s a play of such relevance that it should be viewed by many. The focus on relationships, sex and the control of social media creates a great impact on its audience.
A play with a solid message, hilarity and honesty.
Blush runs at Soho Upstairs at the Soho Theatre from Tue 16 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017, 7pm & Sat Matinee 3.30pmTickets start from £10. You can find out more here: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/blush/