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Boys & Girls by Dennis Kelly Produced by Touch Theatre Cornwall Temperance Hall, Penryn, Cornwall 18th March 2022

Kath Archer the theatre director and her team Touch Theatre have pulled off another stunning and revelatory play  Dennis Kelly’s Girls  & Boys (following their last production of The Welkin by Lucy Kirkwood)  for audiences in Cornwall interested in adult contemporary theatre.  We saw it tonight in the inappropriately named (but locally well supported) venue the Temperance Hall in Penryn.  This is a play littered and revelling in slaggy language that is shocking, sexy and honest, describing a woman  who wants to count and is determined to get ahead and live life as an equal . But  while she gets what she wants the plot  veers and shape shifts.  Relationships which start out passionate and hot, morph to the contented but steady, motherhood rewards, power shifts, disillusion and  violence intervene.    A  superb performance (it’s a one woman show) as The Woman by Emma Phillips matched with great direction (Kath Archer) , a smart set with a revolve(!), soundtrack ( I love the piano)  a
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