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This blog mainly contains reviews from the Edinburgh Festivals from 2008 to 2010 which I wrote for the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. These reviews cover everything from comedy to contemporary dance; children's theatre to Handel.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger Review

The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger

I have only once visited a gay club. This was something which I only gradually realised after half an hour of deciphering why so many males had turned up in lipstick and for what reason ‘Chicago’ kept being playing. The Adventures of Butt Boy highlights another method of gay dating, much of it revolving around an online ‘relationship’ between two men. It is commendable that we are offered an alternative script to some stereotyping regarding homosexuality; both characters are void of lipstick, fake wigs or any hint of campness. Their association at first revolves around their explorations into fantasies ranging from ‘shower scene’ to ‘First World War trench scene.’ These are occasionally over the top, and no punches are pulled with the dirty talk. More often than not however, the thrust of the sketches tends to be more about the well acted and often funny interaction between the characters. Yet despite Butt Boy and Tigger’s virtual bliss it soon becomes apparent that no one can hear emotional screams in gay cyberspace; sexual satisfaction being dominant (literally) to love. As a result the play is not simply about sex - although you’d be forgiven for thinking it was – and takes a look into the emotional consequences of thinking through one’s loins. Going slightly too far at times with the onstage physical passion, this is an entertaining and imaginative look into a shrouded issue of modern sexual culture.

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