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Review: I Promise You Sex and Violence at Newcastle Northern Stage
Let’s Be Honest About How We Feel
I Promise You Sex and Violence
Until Saturday 20 September 2014.
Cast: Keith Fleming – Bunny
Esther McAuley – Charlie
Reuben Johnson – Queue
Creatives:David Ireland – Writer
Lorne Campbell – Director
Garance Marneur – Designer
David Holmes – Lighting Designer
John Alder – Composition and Sound Designer
Northern Stage has always been proud of its willingness to perform new work and productions which may not be comfortable for everyone. Any play which explores themes such as racism, homophobia, misogyny and sexism is always going to be difficult for some to enjoy but this could be the making of a cult hit.
Keith Fleming and Esther MacAuley Photo: Mark Savage
Under Northern Stage’s Artistic Director Lorne Campbell’s direction this production Keith Fleming’s play may be shocking to some. Scenes of what normally happens behind closed doors will not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Keith Fleming and Reuben Johnson Photo: Mark Savage
Keith Fleming captures the complexities of Bunny well and Esther McAuley explores the nature of some modern 30 somethings as Charlie. They are complemented by Reuben Johnson’s Queue who has a challenging role playing a character who never says the right thing for 2014 sensibilities. The sell-out crowd had moments in which they laughed at the interaction of these 3 dysfunctional characters. The ending seemed out of place with the rest which is the shame.
An eclectic production which isn’t shy at confronting the problems of a troubled state of mind.