Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Boxed In, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.
He’s a banker with four promotions; she’s been taking the minutes in marketing meetings for the past two years. He used to play with Action Man, she preferred Barbie. They couldn’t be more different – so it’s surprising to discover they’re twins. The question is, would they have always turned out this way, or has gender conditioning played its part?
Clearing out their childhood belongings, James and Jess take us on a nostalgic journey through their teenage years in the early 2000s. The idea that her love of baking and dolls over his of football and fixing things has turned him into a high earner and left her unable to ask for a pay rise feels simplistic, but something clearly happens to restrict women’s opportunities in the workplace, and the company admirably explores what this might be.
The pace sometimes sags, with insufficient conflict between the characters, warmly played by Rose Wardle and Lily Beck. The script could be sharpened up, but the ending – in which the twins list their similarities, as opposed to their differences – pertinently dramatises the nature versus nurture debate.
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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