Boy Stroke Girl – By Ian Dixon Potter

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Golden Age Theatre

“It’s amazing that after, I don’t know, tens of thousands of years of people falling in love, that you two have done it differently. Completely differently. That’s quite something. And whatever happens no one can take that away from you.”

Having never been in a position of confusion over my own gender, I entered the theatre with a complete ‘open mind’ so to speak, ready to be taken on a journey of a characters self-discovery. However, this is not a story of self-discovery, this is a beautifully written piece of theatre revolving around a human named Blue who could not be more sure of their self if they tried, and the battle they continuously face with the challenging world around them.

Boy Stroke Girl is an endearing yet humorous piece that uses comedy to provoke thought within the audience. It is written respectfully toward this community of people, and makes the audience question their opinions on gender. Are we really only male or female? Does our gender determine what our lives will hold? As far as Blue is concerned, labels should not define us. This includes, where we are from, what gender we are born with, what gender we actually feel we belong to, our sexuality and even something as basic as the clothes we wear.

The best part of all, I feel as if I went on a journey with the cast. I empathised with Blue, for having to answer back to all the prejudice received constantly. I empathised with Peter, for not knowing when it was okay to ask questions, which is something I believe any member of the public can relate to. I even now am struggling with terminology whilst writing this review, do I refer to Blue as her or him? It shouldn’t matter. And I believe that is the aim of this play, to remember to fall in a love with a person – with their soul. It is not the exterior that we ultimately fall in love with. It is our opinions, likes/dislikes, hobbies and talents that make us truly interesting.

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Something also worth mentioning, is this beautiful quirky theatre! Situated above a pub, Etcetera Theatre is an intimate space full of character in the heart of Camden Town. I would love to visit many more productions in this space. I also look forward to any future productions by Golden Age Theatre – I was truly moved by this show and urge you all to see it. 28th Feb – 12th March 2017 7:30pm (Sundays 6.30pm) £12.00/£10.00 concs.

A big thank you always to Theatre Bloggers for sending me to this event!

 

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