Theatre review: Bear Hug
Theatre review: Bear Hug

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bear Hug, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott. ★★ There’s a lot of heart in this amiable modern-day farce from a group of likeable young performers, and the writer (Rory Mackenzie) feels like he might, with development, create a mainstream TV comedy. But while it’s a competently structured piece, the …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bear Hug, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Sally Stott.

★★

There’s a lot of heart in this amiable modern-day farce from a group of likeable young performers, and the writer (Rory Mackenzie) feels like he might, with development, create a mainstream TV comedy.

But while it’s a competently structured piece, the story – a series of escalating mix-ups that occur after a young man’s parents mistakenly think he’s gay – takes place in a world where homosexuality is something to be sniggered at. Such attitudes need to be more effectively undermined if the piece is to avoid endorsing the thinly veiled prejudices of small-minded characters.

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Published in The Scotsman on 18 August 2015

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