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Dr Dillon and Ms Georgia
Verdict: Sensitive and skilful
Dublin Fringe Festival 2006 - T36 (Teacher’s Club) – 11-16 Sept 06
Dr Dillon and Ms Georgia is a one-person show running at 80 minutes without interval. It is divided into two halves. The first deals with real-life character Michael Dillon, who underwent the first ever female-to-male sex-change in the late 1940s. The second is about Georgia, a fictitious young Manchester lad in the 1980s who wants to be a girl. They never meet, but each has visions in which they see each other as mysterious strangers.
Phil Kingston plays both with skill and sensitivity. The years visibly fall away from him when he plays Georgia, the younger character, and he holds attention throughout.
As the writer, Phil Kingston avoids making the transgendered state of the two characters their main attribute. Each has other and non-sexual wishes. Michael wants to be loved and to serve as a doctor. Georgia wants to be like Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. In doing so, they show that transgendered people are just like anyone else, if with more obstacles to happiness.
Cast Credits: Phil Kingston.
Company Credits: Writer – Phil Kingston. Director – Michael Way. Assistant Director – Emma Meehan. Sound Design – Naoise O’Reilly. Company – Hungry Ghost Theatre.
(c) Colman Higgins 2006
reviewed Tuesday 12 September 06 / T36
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