Safe Place ****
Oran Mor, Glasgow
So when a mysterious, shivering stranger knocks on Martine’s door at 4am, it seems likely that there’s more to the situation than meets the eye; and sure enough, Rowan – also brilliantly played, by RCS student Shane Convery – soon reveals herself as a young trans woman who knows very well who Martine is, and who, despite her weakened state after some weeks of homelessness, is still up for a fight about whether she is a “real woman” or not.
It’s a fascinating, unresolved dialogue, in which Martine’s ingrained kindness and tolerance does battle with her intellectual convictions; she soon also has to contend with the views of her agent (Nalini Chetty), who just wishes she would shut up about the whole subject. And there is a final glimpse of personal reconciliation, as Martine and Rowan become temporary housemates; with a strong hint that in the end, it’s friendship and love that changes views, and not theoretical argument.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2-6 May.