Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Sometimes, when reviewing shows, talking to other members of the audience can be helpful as they pick up on details I miss. When the lights came up after Traverse Theatre and RSC’s ‘Revolt. She said. Revolt again.’ I asked the man next to me, only a little older than myself, what he thought.

‘Load of rubbish: and none of the issues in the show are real. Pretentious. Overdone.’

‘Load of rubbish: and none of the issues in the show are real. Pretentious. Overdone.’

This is shaping up to be the strangest five-star review ever – but hear me out. Alice Birch’s latest play looks at issues that women face every day in their lives surrounding objectification, rape culture, the difference in language between the sexes, body image, and emancipation through rebellion.

Thus, when the man next to me stated that he thought it was a load of rubbish, I knew I was onto a winner. The show is absolutely not comfortable to watch: it’s angry, dynamic and rude.

The show is absolutely not comfortable to watch: it’s angry, dynamic and rude.

It’s also warm, thought-provoking and extremely powerful.

The show consists of many short dialogues between the actors, and, at times, monologues that break the fourth wall. The opening scene sees a male and a female, lit by an aggressive bar of white horizontal light, seducing each other from opposite sides of the stage.

seducing each other from opposite sides of the stage.

What makes this scene so effective is the role-reversal – the woman takes command of the situation and actively, roughly and graphically seduces him to the point where he is alienated – his whole ‘role’ as a male has been compromised and he is almost frightened. Nervous laughter filled the room, and the tone of the play had been set.

What ensued were intimate and hard-hitting situations – women being ‘talked at’ – sometimes by other women – that although abstract were very relevant and believable.

The acting is top notch, and the set sometimes sparse, sometimes filled with potatoes, watermelons, bluebells, shoes, an axe, and hymens for sale…

hymens for sale…

This show articulated so many things that we often struggle to communicate about the way we are treated and treat each other, and, although at times despairing, was full of hope and warmth. An absolute must.

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Lucy Davidson

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