“I saw the face of a man, or a women as it were”
I do admire a play – and a production – that isn’t afraid to make its audience work. Christopher Bryant’s The Mutant Man relays the true story of Harry Crawford, a man accused of murder, a woman who was born Eugenia Falleni, a transgender man living at the turn of the last century. And Heather Fairbairn’s production takes these questions of gender fluidity and runs full pelt into her box of tricks, emerging with a densely constructed and thought-provoking sense of theatricality.
Using the murder trial as a focal point gives us as much purpose as we’re able to easily discern, the non-linear narrative allows fractured biography to seep through for though Clementine Mills is credited with playing Harry and Matthew Coulton Eugenia, each also takes on several other roles as well as exploring all the complexities of the protagonist. And what complexities they are as the notion of gender as a construct slams up hard time and again against a resolutely intolerant society – plus ça change… Continue reading “Review: The Mutant Man, Space Arts Centre”