There are some great moments between characters, and some laugh-out-loud dialogue – Izzy Tennyson certainly has a way with words. The cast is strong and characters engaging, but as a whole, Grotty lacks purpose and shape.
Izzy Tennyson’s Grotty at the Bunker Theatre is a brutally frank depiction of an element of LGBT life not much explored on London’s stages.
Semi-autobiographical in nature, Grotty – which is written by Izzy Tennyson and directed by Hannah Hauer-King – looks at the Dalston lesbian subculture in east London.
Grotty is a sharp new play that’s full to the brim with humour, as well as hiding a dark heart – cleverly directed and brilliantly performed.
Theatre has recently taken on more female queer stories with Turkey, Lobster, The Gulf and now Grotty featuring prominently in fringe theatre seasons.
A look around at audience reactions is enough to confirm that Grotty does what it sets out to do: bring an often overlooked subculture into the spotlight in a way that’s both educational and inclusive.
Grotty is a dark, grimy, and vivid exploration of the subcultures of London’s lesbian scene. The end result is a play about nothing in particular. Much like its lead character, Grotty tries to say so much but ultimately, says very little.
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