Emotive issues of climate change, sex, mass murder, inhumanity, unrequited love and drug abuse are addressed to name but a few.
The play opens to a backdrop of four doors on wheels, one blazoned with the word ‘special’, the other ‘non-spec’. Lit spookily to a soundtrack of classical and electronic soundscapes, the situation lends itself to a feeling of discomfort.
The two main characters are Woody, a Special Eurozone border guard in the brutal ‘8th’, and Ben, an Extra-Super Special citizen. Entering the ghetto, amongst the Non Special people enables Special people to enjoy a hedonistic night, thanks to the drug ‘Forget’. The character of Mrs Mason, a food memories prostitute, adds a necessary touch of pantomime comedy.
This controversial play will captivate younger audiences. Though it runs for 90 minutes without an interval, Ugly engages enough to prevent restlessness.
Ugly leaves a haunting aftertaste; fictional enough to captivate, but close enough to reality to remind us of humanity’s ugly home truths.