Review: Bunny

The Tron Theatre Company
Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G15HB – until April 7th
3 Stars (3 / 5)

Tensions are running high with the threat of redundancies at Katies boyfriend’s place of work. As she walks home with him, an incident of violence brings racial prejudices to light, and provides an outlet for people’s frustrations. Katie finds herself in deep water as she jumps from one transgression to the next in the course of one fateful evening.

A fast-paced one woman show directed by Paul Brotherston, Bunny gives a sense of the complicated tensions between different communities in Luton. Although these aren’t explored in great detail, it’s clear that little provocation is required to expose the racism that exists right beneath the surface. Music and lighting set the tone perfectly at the start, and her informal chatter to the audience draws us in. Anna Russell-Martin, a fresh graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduate gives an accomplished and engaging performance as Katie.

Katie delivers a virtually uninterrupted monologue of descriptions and explanations, but the elephant in the room is her missing backstory. She has anger issues, and attacks the people around her in passive-aggressive (sometimes criminal) ways. Her self-esteem is dangerously low, she has poor boundaries and behaves as though she has been starved of love and attention. Interestingly however, her parents are portrayed as perfectly conscientious. Other than a hint of an affair on her father’s part, there are no allusions as to why she might have become this way.

Writer, Jack Thorne, states that he wished to pose questions rather than provide answers. These omissions, perhaps deliberate, probe us to consider the issues and grow in awareness.