Fresh from its inaugural run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, comes the London debut of BeRuffled Production’s FRINGE FIRST award winning show, SQUARE PEG.
“A quiet powerhouse of a performer.” - Neurodiverse Review ★★★★★
Written by and starring Simeon Morris, Square Peg explores issues of identity and masculinity in a time of significant upheaval for traditional gender roles. Many men feel adrift and the old standards that defined masculinity and maleness have been rightly held to account and found wanting; mid-life crises are as brutal as ever.
“It’s a frank and involving piece, one which surely presents a more nuanced look at the contradictions of masculinity than almost any other on this year’s Fringe.” - The Scotsman ★★★★
Body Shop Cucumber cleanser, Satin bias-cut gowns, leather bags, plucked eyebrows, muslin circular skirts, bleach blonde hair, makeup and sex; the landscape of one man’s childhood and youth is a rich tapestry of beautifully wrought objects and less beautifully wrought relationships. Trauma, abuse, loneliness and craftsmanship have constellated into a seemingly futile hunt for the self through art, a yearning for love and belonging, and a soul deep craving to be seen, cherished and held in the bosom of a family, replete with intimacy and compassion.
“Beautiful show, tender, revealing and gentle story of a boy growing up in Norwich wearing dresses and Kohl eyeliner. Beautiful and relaxed stage presence and excellent rapport with audience.” – Grid Iron
As his failure to find peace becomes impossible to ignore, he is forced to turn inwards to finally meet himself, seeking out solace in the worlds of poetry and birds; the humble Black Bird, Hardy’s Darkling Thrush, may have the answer...
“An authentic, gorgeously easy-going, and vulnerable piece of solo-performance theatre” - Corr Blimey ★★★★
Using a hodgepodge of clowning, physical theatre, music, poetry, birdsong and sewing, with a dress making demonstration chucked in for good measure, Square Peg seeks to chart a path through this tangled thicket of grief; suggesting maybe that art could save us all.
“Seamlessly crafted, profoundly moving, gorgeously enchanting...” - Jackie McGlone