Venue: The Lowry
Date Reviewed: 28th June, 2008
Verbatim style theatre sometimes fails as it it often attracts a target audience who do not need to be convinced by the central arguments. Recently though thought-provoking pieces like What I Heard About Iraq have attempted to redress the balance via the uniqueness of the staging.
DV8‘s To Be Straight With You is so viscerally challenging that it leaves you feeling shocked and stirred, as opposed to simply talked at. But there is so much more to this dazzling piece of theatre, than mere facts and figures.
Based around 85 interviews and a series of vox pops, with people living in the UK, DV8 explore some of the myths surrounding homosexuality in 2008. For example, gay Police Officers are told to be “less gay” when speaking to members of the Muslim community. (more…)