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REVIEW: Monster at Park Theatre 90

Our lives must be dictated by alternative, however destiny inevitably takes a hand and creates a series of occasions past our management. If we’re fortunate our dad and mom will educate us proper from improper and supply a design for all times. However generally a mum or dad is usually a catalyst for the badness that lurks deep inside. Monster is a disturbing story that’s sadly by no means distant from the headline author’s keyboard. Writer and co-star Abigail Hood has delivered a powerful piece with robust characters and sharp dialogue that maintains high quality all through.

Glasgow within the mid-noughties sees wild baby Kayleigh Gray (Abigail Hood) enjoying in a wasteland strewn with tyres and rubble. Greatest pal Zoe Douglas (Caitlin Fielding) has crept out of college to search for the daring and wilful Kayleigh. Zoe is attracted by her pal’s style for anarchy. Kayleigh has been expelled from two faculties and saved native police occupied together with her misdemeanours. Trainer Rebecca Hastie (Emma Keele) is anxious for her costs however is closely pregnant and her husband Steve (Kevin Wathen) stresses for her well-being. Kayleigh is goaded by abusive, Bible-quoting mom Hazel (Gillian Kirkpatrick) who has a nifty line in hypocrisy. A revelation causes Kayleigh to take motion that can have far-reaching penalties for all involved. The story strikes ahead fourteen years and Kayleigh is about to begin a brand new life together with her fiancé John (Kevin Tomlinson). However will the previous have an effect on their future happiness?

This uncooked and earthy play pulls no punches and leaves the viewers in little doubt as to the specific nature of the narrative. A pulsing soundtrack gives an genuine really feel that bottles the environment in an intimate area. Regardless of the alarming subject material, it packs pure energy within the portrayal of lives fractured by circumstance. The idea of redemption involves the fore and questions whether or not we really consider in rehabilitation. It poses extra questions than it may presumably reply, and is terrifying that such occasions can and do occur. Having stated that there are moments of sunshine aid delivered with aplomb by a extremely gifted solid. It appears like one other hit for the more and more profitable Park Theatre.

Assessment by Brian Penn

Score: ★★★★

Seat: Unallocated seating | Worth of Ticket: £12/£15



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