Undetectable, King's Head Theatre - ★★★★ - Until March 7, 2020

Photographer: Nick Rutter.

When a relationship begins many of the issues that will arise are simply undetectable. There's a lot more to a person than can be seen in their Grindr profile. Lex and Bradley have been together for three months but have not been sexually active. They have been getting to know each other, but even after their time together there are defining realities that have yet to be exposed. This is the evening that the revelations will take place. Social questions of class and race; sexual issues about role-play, turn-ons and disease; personal insecurities about effeminacy/masculinity and body image; behavioural issues such as drug use and self-destructive partying: they are all on the table. Ultimately it comes down to communication, and whether they have simply needed but cannot commit or whether they can love and trust. Undetectable speaks to the complexities of building a relationship in the contemporary gay community but it really exposes the issues that face anyone who seeks to connect with another person. Lewis Brown (Bradley) and Freddie Hogan (Lex) both give strong and sensitive performances that bring their characters to life, making them very real people with very real struggles. They get beneath the surfaces and expose the fears, vulnerabilities and hopes that on first glance would be undetectable.

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆ 

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WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until March 7, 2020
Various show times available (see website below)
King's Head Theatre
Nearest tube: Angel
https://www.kingsheadtheatre.com/whats-on/undetectable

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