How I Became A Dominatrix Using Damn Lies and Statistics, Vulcanello Productions, EtCtheatre

It’s not every day you see the majority of the room admit to trying BDSM in some form. Or maybe we should ask that question more. In a world where most people’s exposure to the BDSM scene is through the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy ‘How I Became A Dominatrix Using Damn Lies and Statistics’ offers a refreshing and safe introduction to the scene through the medium of a couple entering the scene in their mid-30’s.

 

On our seats were a handy pamphlet-cum-programme that was referred to in the production, and we were greeted warmly by the crew and we settled in for the night. We got a lot of direct address and some handy tips on how to tie people up. (Don’t mess with me now!) The American company hit their Camden audiences with some warm London references, and we were away. With, as I mentioned, a lot of the audience being familiar with “The Scene” jokes such as “Why did Jesus die on the cross… Because he forgot his safe word” were well aimed, and went down well.

 

The narrative of the couple, where the seemingly high-strung woman (Played brilliantly by Fleur De Witt) discovers The Scene through a wonderful means of the internet and actively begins attending class in Seattle, alongside her reluctant husband (played convincingly by Anthony Rhodes), who eventually found his niche in ropes- though it really wasn’t for him. Kyran Peet and Coral Tarran multi-rolled beautifully in a charming self-aware way that ran through the performance and kept it fresh.

 

The play was nice and funny- however, the ending was perhaps a little self-indulgent and seemed out of kilter with the playfulness of the rest of the show. But all in all a fun and informative evening!

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