by debbie tucker green
directed by Keith Swainston
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A CRIME HAS BEEN COMMITTED, THE VICTIM HAS A CHOICE TO MAKE!
First performed at the Royal Court last year, hang is a three-hander that simmers all the way to the boil. A woman has suffered some traumatising crime against her family. It's never clear what, but it's had serious, long-lasting implications.
Now she has the chance to determine her perpetrator's fate; not his sentence, but whether he lives or dies - and if he dies, by what grisly method? She's meeting two officials who will help her decide. They aren't the police but paper-shuffling bureaucrats. The reason for this meeting gradually becomes clear as withheld information generates a certain suspense.
The play is set in what the writer calls the 'Nearly now', and takes place in a clinical nondescript meeting room. The writing is poised and poetic with pitch-black humour. We are asked what our response would be to the worst kind of horror, to sanction reciprocal viciousness or not?
PLEASE NOTE: This production contains strong language!