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Cannibals

By Rory Mullarkey

Royal Exchange Theatre, 8 April 2013

Ony Uhiara as Lizaveta in CANNIBALS by Rory Mullarkey.  Photo - Jonathan Keenan.

Ony Uhiara as Lizaveta in CANNIBALS by Rory Mullarkey. Photo – Jonathan Keenan.

It is a queer play, full of dark, disturbing characters and set in a world at once extraordinary and recognisable as some place like our own.

We follow Lizaveta (Ony Uhiara, a splendid performance) and it is quite an odyssey she takes, from being cosseted in a loving marriage to a forlorn captivity.  Her exposure to the world leaves a corkscrew stain.  She winds up with a bruised innocence, diagnostic of a deeper damage.

There’s a lot to take account of here and the best policy is probably just to let it wash over you.  For some, the play will have perhaps too much incident.  But if you like your drama with unruly tendrils and viral undergrowths and, in short, a gorgeous (one might even say a Shakespearean) exuberance, then you won’t be disappointed.  I was quite chuffed myself.

Cannibals is at the Royal Exchange Theatre until 27 April, further details can be found here.

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