THE THRILL OF THE CHASTE
Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh
August, 1992

Seventeen-year-old Lisa, who has always refused to have sex with her boyfriend, becomes pregnant. Not surprisingly, he doesn't believe her story of being visited by an angel, but her mother reveals that Lisa herself was conceived in the same way. The Poor Fools company is determined not to slip into a mire of portentous symbolism. Richard Hollis, in particular, amuses as a batty naturalist who believes males are becoming evolutionarily obsolete and chills as a violent sexual hustler. As Lisa declines into anorexia the play lurches off on a tangent, but the company still manages to make its audience think and smile at the same time.

Written for The Independent.

Copyright Ian Shuttleworth; all rights reserved.

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