In the heart of Manchester, under the twinkling lights of the 53two theatre, a story unfolded that was as captivating as it was poignant. I found myself drawn into the world of "Transparency", a gem in the crown of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2023. This was no ordinary show but rather a masterful exploration of the human spirit, conceived and brought to life by the talented Jaden Adams (he/him).
"Transparency" guides you through the complexity of transitioning and the enormous impacts it has on individuals and families. It's a narrative mash-up of historical background and personal experiences aimed at illuminating the long-term influence of landmarks in the LGBTQ+ community.
Our protagonist, Jack, guides us through the labyrinth of transitioning and body dysmorphia. Each member of the group has their own narrative, including Jack's mother, father, and grandma. The mother suffers before shining, the father battles with transitioning, and the grandmother accepts but struggles with some parts, all of which add to a realistic dynamic.
The story begins with Jack illustrating their transition. The plot thickens as the other characters appear, climax when Jack departs the stage to meet their family and new girlfriend.
The writing is excellent, with words that is appropriate for each character. It examines individual change-affected tales and sentiments, notably those of a mother adjusting to a transitioning child. The direction and production are outstanding, with lighting playing an important part in transitioning scenes and expressing emotions. The staging is, set in Jack's bedroom, uses lighting changes and conversations to create the illusion of moving between spaces.
As a heartwarming and thought-provoking show, "Transparency" makes a lasting effect. It delves into the transitioning as well as the thoughts and behaviours of people involved. I recommend this performance because it deserves to be seen by a wide range of people who can appreciate and learn from its depiction of transitioning experiences.
Canal St Media
Published: 9-Jul-2023 (7177)