Reviewer: David Doyle
Drawing on the autobiographical experiences of Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room at the age of 33, Rhum and Clay’s Testosterone is an insightful, deeply entertaining, and powerful exploration of modern concepts of masculinity. In the midst of a wonderfully designed locker room, the story that unfolds before us is deeply personal while also being able to explore deeper issues within society.
Kit is able to tell you the exact moment he became a man. When he descends the stairs following his first shot of testosterone, a definitive point has been reached. However, what is less clear is what exactly being a man means. It is this question that forms the basis of a piece that staggers through personal and societal explorations of modern masculinity.
Managing to merge some wonderful moments of physical theatre with a stimulating script, the piece manages to provoke throughout. A wonderful sequence at a sporting event explores men’s inability to cry and the loss that comes with being a man. It is a tender and perfectly balanced idea that sums up the nuance that runs throughout the show. By asking probing questions without any hint of didacticism, the company allows for space for audiences to explore their own notions of masculinity.
The show also treads some deeply personal material in a way that offers real insight without ever losing the entertaining nature of the show. It’s a show which doesn’t need to rely on stirring up emotions to make its point and when it does allow more emotive moments to bubble to the surface, they are all the more powerful for it. A striking piece of theatre that is as entertaining as it is insightful, Testosterone is a perfect exploration of modern masculinity.
Runs until 27 August 2017 | Image: Contributed