Sex and The Century
Sex and The Century (Manchester Pride - Fringe)
26 August 2011 WOS Rating: Venue: Chorlton Library Where: Manchester This piece promises to be a journey through LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & those Questioning their sexuality) stories and histories, gathered from many people in Manchester and beyond. You are handed a program, a breakdown of the 11 acts within the show and a note from Director Stephen Hornby about the company -VADA and the diversity in both age and life experience of its members. Aged between 20+ and 70+, this is a group of people witness to much social change and wanting to share it in a performances setting. Using big screens, sound effects and different types of performers, including Manchester poet – Angela Smith enchances the production. Along the way we get to meet Quentin Crisp ( Patrick Hollis). He may be taller, younger, he may have darker hair, but this is him. Hollis has the voice and mannerisms, even the look, mastered. He takes us on a journey through his life, beautifully worded monologues stitched impeccably together with the repeated line, “You can touch me I am quite real.” A line of Angela’s at the end of this powerful piece strikes a real chord with the audience - “As brave as any Soldier in the Army that wouldn’t have him.” Sex and the Century also also features an unrequited lesbian love affair and a very lonely man dying of Aids, and a character who hides his sexuality for many years. These factual elements juxtaposed with cleverly crafted filmed vignettes, projected onto a big screen. Sadly, it’s not a perfect piece as some of the transitions are a little jumpy. But it does include recent news footage of when a group of lesbians broke into the BBC News Studios live in 1988 to protest Section 28 which was to be made law the very next day. This acts as a great reminder of a time not too long ago. Sex and The Century has a strong and versatile cast, and is well directed and performed. With a little fine tuning, a better venue and a better technical set up, this piece would be outstanding. - Paul J.Burgess Related Content Back to Northwest Homepage
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