A Question of Consent



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Until Sun Feb 2

'A Question of Consent'

'A Question of Consent' Photographer: Paul Cockcroft

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Tom Hatton

The blurb from this show promises to explore Stockholm syndrome' and how a woman close to the cast came to engage in an ongoing relationship with an older man who raped her. Unfortunately, the critical question of how the woman moved from being quite freaked out by this man to be willing to undress in front of him goes unexplored, which leaves the show feeling extremely exploitative during the graphic rape scene. This is a shame as there are moments of genuine intensity during this play and the manner in which relationships play out after the rape is complex and feels interesting. I also found the manner in which the director spoke to the lead female in the question and answer session afterwards to be domineering bordering on abusive. I am not sure if they were trying to incorporate the Q&A as part of the show, but it left a bitter taste in my mouth.