Review: Bruce Norris proves theatre can be challenging and entertaining with Downstate, National Theatre
It is a play that challenges your thinking and reactions.
When I went to see Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park at the Royal Court I wrote: "Norris' skill at handling such a delicate and inflammatory subject in a way that makes you laugh but equally question yourself is quite genius."
And with Downstate he's done it again.
This time rather than tackling racism he's turned his attention to sexual abuse, setting the drama in a house share where four convicted child abusers are living on license having served their jail sentences.
They are on the sex offenders register, GPS tagged, banned from using the internet and smartphones and restricted to where they can go.
It opens with the quiet, polite, wheel-chair bound Fred (Francis Guinan) being confronted by Andy (Tim Hopper) one of his victims.