This perceptive monologue by Jack Thorne tackles a huge range of topics as seen through the eyes of one teenage girl.
This refreshing and lively piece of writing by Jack Thorne really gets to the heart of the struggles of a young person trying to find her place in this modern life filled with racism, gang culture and sexuality – beautifully and touchingly brought to life by Catherine Lamb’s performance.
From the very beginning of Bunny, the audience is completely taken into the confidence of teenager Katie, who is sharp and perceptive but as the monologue goes on you can increasingly see her vulnerability and uncertainty shining through.
After her older boyfriend Abe is involved in a violent altercation on the streets of Luton, Katie is unexpectedly swept along as he and his friends Jake and Asif race across the city to attempt a revenge attack. As the story begins to unfold, so does Katie’s understanding that her life is reaching a crossroads about what she wants from her future.
Lucy Curtis has created a production which is not only easy to engage with but also shows deep understanding and sensitivity towards Katie’s character and development throughout that keeps the audience intrigued as to where this story is going to end.
For the most part, the way in which Jack Thorne has written Bunny is sharp, observant but surprisingly funny at times as well. It has to be said though that there are moments when Katie weaves away from the main parts of her story to tell of a different moment in her past that can be disorientating and distracting at times – for example her tendency to shoplift and keying her dad’s car might reflect the complicated character she is but don’t feel as though they bear any real relevance on the story being told.
However, Bunny is beautifully performed by Catherine Lamb. Her warmth, energy and increasingly her vulnerability and anger offers a character who is clearly in a very confused state of mind. The way in which she uses the humour in the script works effectively in ensuring that the audience stays thoroughly engaged with the story – which has to be said does take some time to get going.
Overall, Bunny is a funny, endearing and refreshing piece of writing that thoroughly engages from beginning to end. It might not be quite perfect and needs just a tad more focus in places, but it is pretty close.
Bunny continues to play at the Tristan Bates Theatre until the 27th January. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/bunny