How To Kill A Rose Review – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

How To Kill A Rose
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Show: How To Kill A Rose
Location: Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Date: Saturday October 23 2021
Time: 19.30
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Age Rating: 16+
Performers: Felix Mufti-Wright & Tony Fox
Production Company: Transcend Theatre
Writer: Felix Mufti-Wright

This is our review for How To Kill A Rose at Liverpool‘s Unity Theatre. So, let’s take a look at How To Kill A Rose!

How To Kill A Rose

Background

This show covers the story of a transgender couple in 16-year-old Me and 23-year-old Him. Now, the show provides a dynamic and creative blend of both Scouse humour and also delicate spoken word poetry. Furthermore, the plot covers their relationship while also exploring the sometimes subtle and barely noticeable elements of domestic abuse within the transgender community. Note that 16-18-year-olds must have an adult with them to attend this show. And the show includes themes of domestic abuse, drug use, strong language and strong sexual references.

Analysis

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this show, but it would turn out to be a real treat. The writing by co-star Felix Mufti-Wright is thoughtful, considerate and allows the story to move at a steady pace. Rather than focusing entirely on the domestic abuse, we see the relationship between Me and Him initially blossom. Furthermore, the humour (much with a Scouse edge) is clever and frequently amusing. In particular, the comparisons between B&M and Netto would get huge laughs within the Unity. (As an aside, this was the first Unity show without attendance restrictions since early 2020, and it would attract a near sell-out crowd.)

We do also see the relationship deteriorate, with Me (Felix) expressing their true emotions via poetry. Meanwhile, Him (Tony) appears oblivious as to why the romance is slowly breaking. Yet their reliance on weed, the sarcastic quips and their controlling nature provide all the evidence that we, the audience, need. I would note that while this spotlights the transgender community, this tale could apply to all relationships. But it reminds us that within transgender relationships, the psychological pain can run just that little bit deeper. The rose above the stage represents this, with the loss of its petals representing the slow death of their relationship. I must also mention the unique projector effects during some scenes that elevate the production standards of this show.

Summary

Overall, this is one of the best shows that I have seen this year at the Unity Theatre. It manages to make attendees laugh, think and wipe away tears while remaining relatable for both good and bad reasons. With a 45-minute length, the story is in-depth yet doesn’t run too long while providing a satisfying conclusion. And both the writing and the performances are very good indeed. So, make sure to watch this show if you can, because it’s entertaining, emotional and thought-provoking in equal measure.

Notes

Target Audience: 16+
Content: Frequent Strong Language, Some Sex References, Drug & Abuse References
Recommendation?: Yes

Overall Rating: 8.5/10 – Excellent

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