Basing a play on actual occasions affords a security blanket of authenticity, however the details of a narrative being true shouldn’t be all the time sufficient to make us imagine in them. Dante or Die’s new manufacturing a couple of homophobic homosexual man in jail is full of power and constructed on important analysis, however the storytelling skates over the floor of the knotty subjects it tackles, and struggles to make its advanced characters come alive.

Kiss Marry Kill tells the story of Jay (Dauda Ladejobi), imprisoned for all times for murdering a person he began hooking up with, out of worry his mates would discover out. To the clang of jail beds being stacked collectively, and the rapping of Girl Lykez, Jay rapidly forgets his pregnant fiancee at dwelling and embarks on a relationship with charming fellow assassin Paul (Graham Mackay-Bruce). Impressed by occasions which can be stranger than fiction, the present attracts on the story of Mikhail Gallatinov and Marc Goodwin, each convicted for murdering homosexual males, who grew to become the primary same-sex couple to marry in jail.

The present was made in collaboration with forensic psychologists, lecturers and prisoners, however the overly simplified characterisation makes it laborious for us to actually perceive why Jay and Paul behave as they do. Neither absolutely reckons with their previous actions, and their development happens in wild, unexplained leaps somewhat than rigorously drawn steps. We meet Jay as a person so disgusted by and afraid of his attraction to males that he kills a stranger in a blind rage, but it takes little greater than a good-looking Scot flirting with him to swiftly rework him right into a comfortable and mild soul, comfortable to loosen up into the chest of his new accomplice. Is he all of the sudden okay along with his queerness? Is their love meant to redeem them?

Maybe it was the selection of fabric at such a drastic finish of human behaviour that makes it so tough to get underneath the characters’ pores and skin. Maybe it’s the pace at which the story strikes. There stay many unexplored depths inside this touring manufacturing – nevertheless it raises intriguing questions concerning the extent to which love can rework somebody’s morality.

At Stone Nest, London, till 27 April. Then touring to 19 Might.


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