Orphans at the New Theatre

November 4, 2013


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Dennis Kelly’s play Orphans is many things. It’s a look at the magnetic pull of family ties on one’s moral compass. It’s an examination of the class and race war raging within Britain today. It questions what dark lengths we are all capable of going to and what would push us to them. And it’s an example of a woman’s right to choose taken to nightmarish extremes. Picking away at what a man’s role in society is – as lover, father, protector – it explores fear, shame and perception in relation to gender and the colour of one’s skin. But it is not a comical farce, which is how, due to some unfortunate choices in the acting, this Company D production comes off.

Originally Published in the Irish Theatre Magazine

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