Cock, Cock… Who’s There? – Summerhall Techcube 0

A shocking and uncomfortable true story of violence and immense strength.

Samira Elagoz’s story is supposed to be uncomfortable, because her story is not an easy one to tell. She wants to purge her story and make it science. This a powerful and deeply shocking presentation, mostly in film, where she explores the way rape has changed her life.

It feels as if her whole life is on camera. It is dreamlike and sickening as distorted film images play long enough to give the audience extreme discomfort. There were recordings of friends and family responding to her rape as part of the film, but unfortunately it was hard to see the text translation at the bottom of the screen. Much of the film is sexual and deeply uncomfortable. A story of how her rape brought awareness and gave her the idea for a project which has enabled her to travel and changed her life immeasurably.

Her honesty is unnerving but necessary. The images created in film are disgusting, unrelentless and intriguing. We follow her journey of the research she carried out with men she found online, the videos they sent her, her fascination with dominance and sexual intelligence.

The hard hitting facts are told so straightforwardly to the audience, for example she tells us that “there is no greater threat to women than men”. Her style of narrating the story is strong, powerful, clear and calm. There is dark humour, such as celebrating her “rape anniversary”, describing herself as both “scientist and lab rat”, and describing men as “cunt archaeologists”.

What stays with me most is her courage and confidence on stage, her courage despite being labelled a “female victim”. Her strength and perseverance is unbelievable, and this is beautifully contrasted as she weeps into her mother’s arms in the film. This is a hard-hitting, graphic and difficult piece of theatre which reminds us that some stories must be told, no matter how much we may want to spit them away and discard of them.

 

Summerhall

18:45 (1 hour 5 mins) Aug 5-7, 10-19, 21-26

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/cock-cock-who-s-there

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Angela legg

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