Bleach, 4 Stars

Vaults Festival
6thto 19th Feb 2019

“Bleach is a brand new one man show, written and performed by Dan Ireland-Reeves.

When a misguided rent boy finds himself taking the starring role in a snuff film, he’s forced to question whether living in London is really worth the cost of rent. Bleach is a visceral and moving story reflecting a generations struggle to stay afloat in a city of unreachable deposits and zero hour contracts. When Tyler Everett’s job at an all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant falls through and the love of his life walks out on him, he does whatever he can to make ends meet. Follow his journey from small town boy to big time fuck-up in this high octane production.

Bleach premiered at The London Theatre and has been touring the international fringe circuit ever since. This critically-acclaimed production has been award-nominated at numerous festivals, including winning the Write for the Stage award for best new writing at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2017.

Bleach runs at one hour with no interval and contains strong language and adult themes.”

Review by Richard Lambert, 4 Stars

BLEACH is a very slick well rehearsed and well performed piece of theatre. It has a comedic and a dark side. With great synchronicity between Sound and lighting Cues you can tell it’s been done before but also that the Director/Writer/Performer, in this case Dan Ireland-Reeves, has a good sense of theatricality.

The Story is very good and engaging throughout. Great pace and flow.

What it lacks though is the realism of an escort going through this story. I doubt very much that a snuff video would be made with the escort standing wearing white pants and socks. It just doesn’t ring true. I’d expect the physicality to be one of a trapped animal writhing around for escape. Tied up, naked, desperate. Not just standing still relating the story.

A great evening out with slick performance, just maybe needs more punch and real exposure to deliver home the vulnerability of an escort living this life.