A dysfunctional family makes for explosive theatre

October 2017
Mail on Sunday;10/8/2017, p72
Tribes (Gate Theatre, ????), which is ostensibly about deafness, throws up a whole world of dysfunctional behaviour and misjudgement. How do you behave towards somebody who is deaf or otherwise disabled? And what effect will your efforts have if you're not properly tuned into what people actually need? Are words always necessary to know what somebody is thinking? Nina Raine's play is by turn outrageously funny, disturbing, eye-opening and finally a gruelling exercise in emotional flagellation


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