ALRIGHT BITCHES! : REVIEW

  • Date : 24th January 2016
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Martin Blackburn’s play Alright Bitches is one of the best gay character studies I’ve seen in ages, he knows how to flesh out roles and maintain a superb balance, where the words he gets his actors to say are believable – not forced and very typical of the social class he has put his characters into. Immediately we are treated to a clash where snobbery, a sense of self worth are examined with true candor. Anton Tweedlale as Jason and Grant Cartwright as Ollie have great stage presence and open the play. Balckburn looks at class and by the use of good topical and time relevant gags had the audience in stitches. As a counter point to these characters, enter Ethan Chapples as Garth and Lucas Livesey as Max, they too have great stage presence and they performed their roles with true comic mastery, Livesey especially, he has great one line put downs and his ‘chatty’ style of delivery made the play. All four of the male actors have a scholarly air about them which was perfect to watch. Special mention has to go to Hannah Vesty as Pam, her time on stage was simply stunning and she has grasped her role in Alright  Bitches  by the neck and truly holds her own. This is more than the token ‘fag hag’ – she has one of the best lines overall – ‘I’m like a toilet seat, I do attract a lot of assholes’, brilliant dead pan delivery.
Blackburn tackles our need for friendship, why people flirt, and that sexual attraction can be a two edged sword beautifully. He really gets the point across that be it consciously or sub-consciously people learn from other people all the time by agreeing, or not, with their beliefs. There is an inevitability with this play which I did not mind as for me it proved that certain human behaviour will never change. Opposites will always attract and issues of treachery, guilt and betrayal will come up. This play is made up of well constructed set scenes and acute observational humour drawing to a fabulous conclusion where his cast deal with remorse, reflect on circumstance & re-invention, key lessons learnt and required to live life. Well worth the price of the ticket.
Stephen Vowles
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