Review of Coming On Strong: Corner Boys/Essex Girls/Looking For Home/The Nocky
It involves scenes of the kind most people avoid by crossing over to the other side of the street. While Mazya's play is based on a true incident, in which a group of boys in an Israeli kibbutz raped and imprisoned a girl, but were later acquitted at a chauvinistic trial, Prichard's adaptation forsakes the didactic, courtroom aspect of the drama. So doing, it becomes more about why the rape occurs; its severe abridgement re-imagines the crime by inserting a girl into the gang. It is a clever technique that allows Prichard to shy away from easy platitudes and overt moralising. Her boys and girl breathe at their own pace, with their own words. The play inspired much controversy when critics voiced concerns about Fair Game 's simulated rape scenes, and its use of teenage actors.