Sunday 19 August 2012 | By Dave Fargnoli
ED2012 Theatre Review: A Real Man’s Guide To Sainthood (Milk Presents)
If the Famous Five retold the myth of St. George in an attic full of junk it might look something like this. Part ‘Boy’s Own’ adventure, part allegorical unravelling of gender identity, it’s performed with flair and frenetic energy, utilising an appealingly scrappy style which belies its inspired ingenuity. Overhead projectors, mirrors and tricks of light are used effectively throughout, creating striking images from simple props. As innocent George becomes the hero he’s expected to be, there’s a subtle and unnerving shift of tone made all the more effective by a playful beginning. At a time when ideals of patriotism and athleticism saturate the media, this silly, striking show is a timely dissection of the conflicts of modern masculinity.
Underbelly Cowgate, 2-26 Aug (not 9, 10), 6.40pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [David Fargnoli]