Theatre review: Lifting the Mask
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Lifting the Mask at theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39b), reviewed by David Pollock
In the UK, a fresh-faced journalism student meets a prostitute to hear her story. She’s not what he was expecting, a woman who was born in Wolverhampton, gained a first in physics and dresses like an office worker. In Africa, a middle-class politics dropout researching a travel book meets a sex worker.
Despite their different ways of life, the women’s stories are remarkably similar, about the standards they imagine they have and the parts of themselves they have to sacrifice to their jobs.
With the women’s situations compared with the gay characters in each story, it’s a socially conscious tale which becomes too preachy and overly serious.
Playwright Cameron Forbes asks all the right questions, but this feels like the work of a promising writer currently finding his maturity.
Until 24 August. Today 2:30pm
More info: Lifting the Mask is at theSpace on the Mile
Originally published in The Scotsman