Virgins (4 stars)

  • 8 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

John Retallack’s new play looks at a family of four who hit crisis point when seventeen year old Jack-the-lad contracts an STI from a party he can’t remember. Without resorting to stereotypes, it deals with the constantly evolving teen/parent bond, exploring the transition to adulthood and the strain it causes in their parents relationship. The dreaded S-word is inevitably under discussion, delving into the fundamental differences in how men, women and different generations view sex. The piece traverses smoothly between monologues, dialogues and Fleur Darkin’s dance based movement, which express emotions where words aren’t enough. In the hands of four extremely competent actors and movers this is an unpretentious, surprisingly accurate, gem of a show. (Greer Ogston)

Assembly Rooms, 226 2428, until 28 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 12.10pm, £10-£11 (£9-£10).

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