REVIEW: MOUTHPIECE (Soho Theatre) ★★★★

Kieran Hurley’s Mouthpiece comes to Soho Theatre following a sold out, critically-acclaimed run at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre in 2018. The production is directed by the former Artistic Director of Traverse Theatre, Orla O’Loughlin and has Neve McIntosh and Lorn Macdonald reprising their roles.

Mouthpiece is set in Edinburgh and takes a look at an unlikely relationship between Libby, a failed writer returned to her home city and Declan, a young man with a talent for art living in a volatile home. While addressing some serious issues of social inequality, the class divide, access to culture, consent and the right to tell untold stories, there are moments of humour in this play.

Hurley shows us Libby and Declan’s stories, using Libby to frame the story as it plays out, casting her as character and storyteller and exploring the grey areas and lines crossed when writers seek to tell the stories of the voiceless rather than allowing them to speak for themselves.

McIntosh and Mcdonald are convincing in their roles and compelling to watch as the audience sees their uneasy relationship blossom until the final moments that challenge the audience to consider our part in this tale and the purpose of theatre itself.

Reviewed by Rhiannon Evans
Photo: Roberto Ricciuti

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