Wood is showing in Brighton as part of Brighton Fringe 2017 at The Lantern @ New Steine Gardens, New Steine, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1PB from 22 May to 4 June 2017 at 7pm. The show is produced by Boxed In Theatre.
Tickets are not priced but donations are encouraged.The show is 50 minutes in length.
If you want to know what else is on at Brighton Fringe with an LBQ theme, check out our article Brighton Fringe is full of flavour which links through to 25 different performances that will be of interest.
The set up for this tale, reads like a classic horror story: Students go into the woods for a party, not all make it out. The ‘horror’ could also be the horror of people, how each personality reacts’ - with a breakdown, with authority, with misplaced loyalty, with peer pressure, a collective thought of wanting to save themselves and how far they are willing to go to achieve that.
The story has queer characters - openly and not so. It bounces between the death in the woods and back at university, showing the characters complex relationships and then their complex reactions.
The character who dies is a young man with a girlfriend, who secretly is sexually involved with a guy. This deals with the pressure of suddenly only having a queer awakening when you are not out, do not have the confidence to do so and have a straight partner. A partner, who for a while, you have not been sexual with, they have patience, love and understanding; but they have human needs of love and lust. Easy for us to judge on the outside, not so easy when there are many societal pressures on you. The search of your identity should be a safe exploration, unfortunately it rarely is.
The twist in this play, the idea I enjoyed the most, was its playing with gender. The play is in two parts, on different nights, to understand the most interesting question raised, you need to attend both. First night is ‘straight’ night, the second is a gender swap - girls play boys, boys play girls. This is a simple idea, which requires good acting; which it delivers, plus an awareness of gender stereotypes. Also it is fascinating to analyse your differing reaction to the characters - based on their gender - who was a ‘bitch’ in one night was a ‘leader’ the next. These are my personal reactions based on what society has told me to believe - I felt I was under the microscope slightly and my views were a surprise to me. This play helps you to highlight your own prejudices - like great theatre, it is as much about you as it is about the story.
I guess you planned to have fun on your spring break. Come back to uni relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on the rest of the semester. Only this morning, you woke up to find your friend lying dead in the middle of your campsite. Right on top of where the fire used to be. It must have hurt, falling like that; you can see the front of his shirt is burnt on the embers. Well, there go your summer plans.
BoxedIn Theatre presents 'Wood', an exciting piece of new writing about student life and sexuality.