Director and Writer: Emily Kempson
Reviewer: Danielle Shields
Imagine if you believed that you were the only human in the world only to come face-to-face with another being. How would you react?
Based on Pierre de Marivaux’s erotic play,The Disputecontemplates this unnerving idea by using an experiment to discover which sex is more untrustworthy when it comes to love. Four babies: two males and two females are kept in isolation until they have matured. Then they are introduced to the others.
The Dispute cleverly puts one character onstage and takes another one off to create a meet and greet session with the opposite and same sex. This Hibrow Hour production shows us what it is like when a women and male meet, when two males meet and when two females meet all the while possessing no social pleasantries that we have adapted into modern society. When you think about it, the results are predictable and yet they are hypnotically amusing to watch all the same.
Females of today, when they are in contact with another, will brash them with compliments. This may be out of kindness to some, but for others it is to have the same pleasure shot back at them. Whereas the two females inThe Dispute, played by the demanding Gabrielle Dempsy and Georgia Groome,are much more unsubtle about their desire for affection. In comparison, the lovable males, performed by Rollo Skinner and Chris Lew Kum Hoi, primarily act like predatory cavemen before chest jumping each other.
A stunning Garden of Eden video projection by Akhila Krishnam provides the perfect setting for the four 18-year-olds to fall in love.
The Disputeis a quirky, honest examination of how both men and women view love differently but how we are all pretty selfish when it comes to love in the end.
Runs untilTues 5th Aug