We rarely question why we are the way we are. Our actions, beliefs, mannerisms. But upon transitioning, Kit Redstone finds himself observing these very things in his fellow male counterparts and shares these thoughts in his presentation of Testosterone.
Although some interesting questions are raised there is no time to linger as this playful production seems more focused on challenging you to embrace and laugh at the often absurd, yet all too real, aspects of masculinity. At times I felt it was a bit too silly however overall it helped give a refreshing perspective of the expectations men are held to and with the countering pressures of the #metoo movement it can’t be an easy place to be.
So even if it’s a little too comical this musical and physical performance provides an opportunity for us all to laugh a little, in a good natured way and, if you dig a bit, perhaps also question what we can do to change these long standing societal constructs we insist on putting ourselves in.
Testosterone is a coproduction by Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, Kit Redstone and Zee Zee Theatre and will be playing at the York Theatre 2 - 13 October 2018. Tickets at: https://thecultch.com/events/testosterone/
~ reviewed by Karen Roller
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