Saturday, 14 September 2013

Theatre - Styles Saturn Returns, A Review

Growing up different in today's society can be hard, there are perceived ideals that people must live by or strive for and if you happen to break these 'rules' then you can often face a life of hardships. Now imagine you are born different, so different in fact that you inhabit the wrong body. Its not something many of us will ever experience but, it is a part of the life of Miss Rhyannon Styles. Rhyannon is a regular performer with Duckie, has shown work at The Edinburgh Fringe, Barbican, Arcola Soho and Roundhouse and was shortlisted at the 2013 London Cabaret Awards.

Picture from RVT, credited to David Walker
In response to an article written by Julie Burchill and featured in the Observer, which is littered with offensive references towards transgendered females, Rhyannon decided to create a piece of work that would give insight into her journey and the truth about the transitioning process. Directed by Amy Draper and written by Rebecca Walker, it was this piece performed for the first time, that we went to see at the Camden Peoples Theatre today.

The theatre itself is small and promotes a very intimate feel, bringing the audience into the production and almost make us feel like we were in Rhyannons bedroom while she talked to us about her life. Her story is one of confusion, loss, and discovery. It was honestly a very touching, funny and energetic show. Performed in clothing and two flesh coloured body stockings, pieces of attire were peeled away as the story progressed like the layers of an onion. Each revelation about her life accompanied by a removal of a layer allowing the audience to see her vulnerability and her truth. Peppered with some songs, music and dance, we really got a sense of what it was like growing up a boy, when all she wanted was to be the woman she knew she was.

Pieces of work such as this are all to important in this day and age. We often take it for granted that everybody is treated equally and yet underneath there are still massive differences in the way society treats its minorities. None more so than the transgendered community a community which is often misunderstood by other minorities (such as the gay and lesbian community) as well as the majority. It was an honour to be let into one woman's life as she struggles to fulfill her destiny and to be comfortable in her own skin. 

You can check out more work and information about Rhyannon on her website HERE or follow her Facebook Page for updates on future shows.

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