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Foreskin’s Lament challenges homophobia

PUBLISHED: 15:42 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

Foreskin's Lament... challenging the audience

Foreskin's Lament... challenging the audience

THE audience is challenged to confront issues about homophobia and sexism in Foreskin’s Lament, which has its UK premiere in Hackney tonight (June 26). The challenge through the lives of a New Zealand rugby team set in 1976 sees the rugger boys living for the game and each other. Or so it would seem

Foreskin's Lament challenges homophobia

THE audience is challenged to confront issues about homophobia and sexism in

Foreskin's Lament, which has its UK premiere Hackney Empire tonight (Thurs, June 26), writes Eleanore Robinson.

The challenge, through the lives of a New Zealand rugby team set in 1976, sees the rugger boys Foreskin, Clean, Larry, Ken, Mean, Irish and their coach Tupper living for the game and each other.

Or so it would seem.

Underneath the camaraderie a dark betrayal is laying in wait.

One of the team has to make a hard choice about which social class he stays loyal to.

The cast, interestingly, includes some disabled actors playing non-disabled roles as strapping rugby players.

The company hopes this will force the audience to see past their disability and see the person and the actor.

Foreskins Lament is at the Empire's Studio Theatre just off Mare Street, Hackney, until Saturday (June 28), at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions). Box office: 020-8985 2424.

Warning: not suitable for children. The show contains nudity and swearing.


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