Moonface (4 stars)

This article is from 2016


A warm, honest and humorous depiction of the significance of female relationships

Kathy (Molly McGeachin) and Sara (Grace Church) are best friends – as we watch them grow up, we see them tell each other everything, from first loves and losses of virginity to messy flats and plans for parenthood. Josie (Lucy Mangan), on the other hand, is isolated; with no one there to share her secrets, she bounces off the walls of her bedroom, riddled with anxieties and issues of body image, among other things. With Kathy and Sara, everything is (eventually) out in the open; with Josie, the crucial details are hidden away in what goes unsaid.

The contrast is played out before the show even properly begins: in a wordless prologue as the audience members take their seats, McGeachin and Church perform a series of identical movements – from giddy, fidgety hand flaps to falling-forward lunges – while Mangan, wrapped in her duvet, prods and stretches her face with disapproving fingers. This intro hints at the subtle choreography and physicality embodied in each forthcoming storyline.

Guttersnipe Theatre offer an effective portrayal of the significance of female relationships – and, given some of the plot turns, it is specifically women's and girls' relationships being explored here – with a script from McGeachin and Church that captures real-life milestones with humour, honesty and warmth.

Zoo Southside, 4.45pm, until 28 Aug, £9 (£7).


  • 4 stars

Guttersnipe Theatre Silly sex. Serious friendships. MOONFACE explores the formative f*ck-ups of adolescence. Sara, 16, and best friend Kathy don’t need anyone else. After school, they’ll live together in a big house with a lava lamp. Now, Sara is 24 and has a little person growing inside her. Josie, 16, divides her day…