Review: Testosterone

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 7 – 27 Aug

3 Stars (3 / 5)

Critically-acclaimed theatre ensemble returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with a story that simply must be told. Testosterone, written and starring Kit Redstone, examines the male experience, and what it means to be a man beyond the extra testosterone and archetypal impressions of masculinity. Set in a men’s locker room but transporting the audience through various points of Kit’s life and magical realist fiction, the audience is privy to Kit’s inner thoughts on how his identity is defined through his gender that conflicts with his experience, in particular living through puberty at the age of 33 when he transitioned.

Despite the truly important and necessary topic of exploration, the execution of this show was rather shabby. The movement sequences had good comic timing, but seemed too repetitive and did not develop further in its message than the first 10 seconds. Even if the monotony and repetition was the point, the performers lacked synchronicity and specificity in their physicality from start to finish.

Nevertheless, there are poignant and touching moments in this play that everyone can relate to. In addition, Geoff Hense’s lighting and sound design brilliantly combines the visual elements of cinema, fantasy and drag (all of which have influenced the creation of this show) to surround the actors in colours bursts.