The power of theatre is immense and when you are totally swept along by that power it makes for an incredible night and such was the case with Southern Baptist Sissies, DelShores acutely observational study of the power of religion and the indoctrination of the Southern Baptist Church and the effect it has on 4 impressional young men . This play is stunning , superbly cast with acting high honours going to all concerned . Jason Kirk as Mark and he also partly narrates the story is incredible, The fact that the four actors are all rather dishy has to be put on record. as it would be amiss of me not to do so. The play deals with recriminations, contradictions , sexuality and prejudice.
The story of the four boys is partnered with the wonderful story of Preston ‘peanut’ Leroy and Odette With these characters. beautifully played by Don Cotter and Julie Ross the emphasis is on pure comedy tinged with personal tragedy, Think Steel Magnolias meets the Book or Mormon,’Eating Shrimp is like sucking cock’ and ‘Where are the penises precious? pure zingers They performed their roles as if they were a seasoned double act.The complexities of this play are superbly performed by an ensemble cast that deal with the subject matter and take a very attentive audience on a huge emotional rollercoaster Shores also gets his character to have individual moments in the spotlight with each of the them uttering a monologue that expertly explains their individual emotions. The hallelujahs comes thick and fast as does the scripture quotes especially direct quotes from Leviticus that Shores weaves with great effect into a script that is pure magic.Theatrical plaudits must be awarded here to all concerned and for the last 5 minutes hang on tight to he person next to you, Above the Stag continue to present plays that are so relevant to our times . Sensational , very moving and not to be missed 5 Stars.
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