Brimstone & Treacle

This play is about a couple, Tom and Amy, whose lives have been disrupted by a hit and run accident which has left their daughter, Patricia, in a coma. For two years, Amy has been looking after her at home and the couple have become reclusive. Everything changes with the arrival of a creepy young man, Martin Taylor, who claims to have know Patricia at Art College and to have been in love with her. Is he telling the truth or does he have an ulterior motive? Is he an angel or a devil?

Even after thirty years, the play is still shocking, featuring graphic sexual assault and rape. Tom has become disillusioned with his life and with England and has joined the National Front. Some of the political views expressed by him and by Martin are truly repellent, although he does have second thoughts when he is shown the logical outcome of his views. Several members of the first night audience found it too much to take.

The only problem with this production is that some of the acting is a little wooden and unconvincing. Other than that it is a brave and worthwhile attempt at a very difficult play.

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Rocket @ Demarco Roxy Art House. 13,15,17,21,23,25 August 20:40 (1hr10)

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