ReviewThe Age of Consent
Theatre ReviewThe Age of Consent, Two Tall Theatre, Civic Playhouse. Ended Saturday.THIS revival of Peter Morris’s look at two people who see their lives about to change has not lost its power since it was staged at the Royal Exchange in 2015. In their alternating monologues, Jerry Ray as a 19-year-old who has been imprisoned for eight years for the murder of a small boy and is soon to be released, and Amy Wilde, as the 25-year-old mother of a six-year-old girl she is transforming into a paid actor, revealed the darker side of what was happening.
While reasonably intimate, the Civic Playhouse is a larger venue than the Royal Exchange, and the staging team, led by director Patrick Campbell, had images on the background wall that were taken from newspaper posters about crimes and stage show advertisements that reflected the spoken words and underlined their dark irony.
The teenager, Timmy, initially seen in prison garb, talks about what he sees as a troubled family background that impacted on his dealings with others, and also makes amusing comments about excursions and other events that were part of his rehabilitation process and involved a social worker known as Janet the Gannet. And he says that the technical training he received while incarcerated was something he would not otherwise have had, phrasing it as “something I had to kill for”. His final appearance, dressed in everyday garb as he waited to be transferred to a halfway house, left watchers unnerved. Had he really learnt anything while locked up?
The single mother, Stephanie, likewise was intent on ignoring the dangers involved in her actions. Initially elegantly dressed in clothing that a woman would wear to a business meeting, she unsettlingly revealed how she had pushed her daughter, Raquel, into dance and singing from virtually the time she was able to walk, and had continually made the rounds of producers to see if they would use the child onstage. Like Timmy, she was finally seen in very different wear, a nightgown, and her words, about the producer who was looking after and supposedly training Raquel, made it clear he was a paedophile. Stephanie’s account of her initial advice to Raquel, that success in show business arose from projecting “the three Ts – talent, teeth and tits”, clearly ignored a fourth T, threat.
The performers had audience members engrossed from beginning to end, making this a 75-minute theatrical event they would not forget.
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WEA CABARETWEA Academy of Creative Arts’ Condensed Cabaret series at the WEA Hall in Laman Street, Cooks Hill, will feature cabaret acts devised by 2017 Diploma of Musical Theatre students. July 24: Little Miss Beauty, Nina Heron; Crazy As A Cat, Jade Shearman; Don’t Rain on My Parade, Prue Stark. July 25: Nostra-Damn-Us, Andrew Wu; Simply Second Best, Kimberley Dingle; Behind The Register, Sarah Graham. July 26: Waiting for Gwendolyn, Jack Twelvetree; The Great Outdoors, Cassie Hamilton; The Happy Hearts Program, Chris Shanko.