Shopping and Fucking

Wednesday, 7th March 2007 09:00am

“It’s shocking – but stunning”

Shopping and Fucking (2007)

It’s not my cup of tea. A couple of homosexual kisses precede a sex scene which in turn leads on to a vile follow-up involving a knife. The title, calculated to shock, fades into insignificance once we meet the five strong but pitiable characters in Mark Ravenhill’s story. Robert Ball’s studio production, though freely sprinkled with four-letter words and not really qualifying to come under the heading of entertainment, is superb. The action, the shocks, the oafish despair are accorded top-class treatment.

Ben Day, as the lad who has run away from home after being abused; David Swain, as the man on the mend from drugs but facing relationship challenges; Andrew Lowrie, as the hard-nosed drug dealer and Ben Vickery and Danielle Spittle as the tough couple with their own method of making a living – they all come through with aplomb. Approach with caution. It runs until Saturday.

John Slim, Birmingham Mail, Wednesday 7 March 2007

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