Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Saved by Its Second Half; Theatre

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Saved by Its Second Half; Theatre

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

TITS/TEETH Soho, W1

IN THE dramatic dog days of August, the National Youth Theatre's yearly London residency can't help but provide a boost. It's a chance for talented young performers, some of whom are swiftly recycled into professional productions, to strut their stuff in what is usually sassy new writing. Usually but, as this peculiar double bill from Michael Wynne proves, not always.

These plays, which have a leading female role each and precious little else, aren't the sort of wide-ranging showcases that best suit the NYT. Nonetheless, Wynne's starting point, promisingly enough, is two young women who misguidedly believe that remaking their bodies will lead to remade lives.

Tits, the evening's first drama, lands with a number of body parts pointing resoundingly upwards. Ffion (a thankless role and dreadful costume for hardworking Gwyneth Keyworth) is a wannabe glamour model, who appears not to understand what her chosen career might entail. …

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