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Overview: Monster, Park Theatre – stunning and highly effective (Rev Stan’s theatre weblog)

There was some extent whereas watching Monster on the Park Theatre after I realised I had my hand over my mouth. What was unfolding on stage was stunning, and I have never had a response like that to a play for fairly some time.


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Caitlin Fielding and Abigail Hood in Monster, Park Theatre Aug 22. Picture credit score: Ben Wilkin


Abigail Hood’s new play is about in Glasgow in 2006 and follows teenager Kayleigh ‘Kay’ Gray (performed by Hood) and her greatest pal Zoe (Caitlin Fielding). Zoe is quiet and shy and will get bullied, and Kay is susceptible to retaliate on her behalf. Nonetheless, the retaliations are likely to get her into more and more severe hassle.

One instructor, Mrs Hastie (Emma Keele), thinks Kay is at coronary heart a very good individual, however one thing is occurring to make her act up. She is making an attempt to construct belief so Kay will open up.

However earlier than Mrs Hastie can discover out if her hunch is correct, occasions begin to spiral uncontrolled with horrific penalties.

(I am being intentionally obscure as I do not wish to spoil something.)

The construction of the play means it builds to a crucial occasion, however relatively than that being in direction of the tip, it permits time to deal extra absolutely with the results. And that is what makes this actually fascinating.


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Abigail Hood and Gillian Kirkpatrick in Monster, Park Theatre Aug 22. Picture credit score: Ben Wilkin


It is not about forgiving or forgetting, it is about how you reside with one thing horrible which you could by no means escape from. And the way a lot of that’s truthful. 

The darkish extremes depicted jogged my memory somewhat of a few of Philip Ridley’s performs, simply with out the fantasy or dystopian settings.

Monster offers with some robust subjects a few of which may be triggering (greatest to examine with the theatre). Nonetheless, it does not really feel prefer it’s making an attempt to shock for the sake of it however relatively to present meals for thought. And there was loads of that, notably round how far previous experiences mitigate or generate sympathy.

Brilliantly written and carried out, it’s a gripping and highly effective play and I am giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Monster, Park Theatre

Author: Abigail Hood

Director: Kevin Tomlinson

Operating time: 2 hours and 5 minutes, together with an interval

Reserving till 20 August, for extra particulars and to purchase tickets, head to the Park Theatre web site.

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