The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo
A neon box forms the simple but effective set, and direction from Natasha Nixon is smooth and effective, with a fast-moving pace and understated physicality. Michael Lyle is a likeable Peter, his delivery clear and clipped, and with an infectious eagerness to try new things. Helen Duff and Sam Donnelly provide strong support in brave performances.
There are plenty of plot twists – and laughs – along the path to Peter’s sexual freedom to keep us guessing, and the theme of emotion versus sex is never far beneath the surface. But still, the central character’s final embracing of free love seems a little paradoxical – or subversive, perhaps. Nevertheless, it’s an entertaining and thought-provoking hour.
- David Kettle